The mission of the Saint Anselm College Archives is to document the history of the college and the people who are a part of that history through identifying, collecting, preserving, and providing access to college records that have historical, legal, fiscal, or administrative value.

The College Archives aims to contribute to the academic mission of Saint Anselm College by providing administrative, research, and educational services to all of the College’s stakeholders—administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This is accomplished through the administration of a program that collects, preserves, and makes available archival resources related to the people, events, decisions, and decision-making that have affected the history of this Benedictine, liberal arts college.

As the repository for records produced by the college, the College Archives also assists campus offices with records management.


The College Archives contains unique records relating to the history and development of the college since its incorporation in 1889. These records are in a variety of formats including papers, photographs, film, video, and newsprint. We have college catalogues beginning with the 1893 prospectus; campus newspapers dating back to 1908’s first issue of the St. Anselm’s College Monthly; and the first yearbook, The Hawk, published in 1938.

The College Archives also collects other aspects of Anselmiana. In recent years we have acquired the papers of alumni including Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr. (’62), Monsignor Wilfrid Paradis (’43), and Maurice Provost (’35).

Access and Use

The College Archives is a resource for researchers interested in the history of Saint Anselm College. Please note that we do not yet have collection-level descriptions in our catalog. Please contact us to discuss your research interests.