As the institutional memory of Holy Cross, the Archives collects, preserves, arranges and describes records of permanent value from its founding in 1843 to the present. This collection includes administrative records from the offices of the president, deans and other college officials, as well as records of the college staff, faculty, student organizations, athletics and alumni. The Registrar's Office maintains student transcripts. The Archives also contain complete runs of all college publications including yearbooks, the college catalog, The Crusader, its predecessor The Tomahawk, The Purple, newsletters, pamphlets, and similar material. An extensive photograph collection documents administrators, staff, faculty, students, alumni, athletic teams, student activities, the built environment and college life in general. There is also an extensive collection of audiovisual material documenting theatrical plays, lectures, and sporting and other events.
The Distinctive Collections consist of the College's Rare Book Collection, the Jesuitana Collection (material by and about Jesuits), manuscripts and personal papers, newspapers, scrapbooks, pamphlets, graphics material, prints, paintings, ephemera and realia. Noted collections include: the papers of James Michael Curley, David I. Walsh, Louise Imogen Guiney, and Rev. Joseph J. Williams, S.J. There are also collections of material by and about Jesuits, college alumni, and friends of the college. We have research material about Catholic New England, the education of deaf Catholics, the Holocaust, as well as New England history.