Avila Archives

Martha Smith, CSJ, Ph.D. Archives & Research Center

Located in the Hooley-Bundschu Library and Learning Commons, the Martha Smith, CSJ, Ph.D. Archives & Research Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the permanent records of the University, as well as rare and unique collections that support the University’s administration, teaching, research, and service.

Learn more about the Archives and our staff here.

We welcome researchers and visitors to the Archives! Visits are by appointment only. If you would like to schedule a visit, or have further questions about the Archives, please contact the Archivist at 816-501-3620 or via email at amy.moorman@avila.edu.

We have also created a resource page with information to help you Plan Your Visit to the Archives.

Digital resources

Martha Smith Archives & Research Center Catalog: The Archives Catalog contains descriptive records of all processed materials held by the Archives. These catalog records show the hierarchical structure of archival collections by linking series, box, and file or item records together. This catalog is NOT a full accounting of the Archives’ holdings, as it does not include unprocessed material.

University Archives Publications Collection: This is a digital archive collection, hosted by Internet Archive, containing collections such as Yearbooks, Alumni Magazines, Student Newspapers, and other University publications.

University Archives Photograph Collection: This digital archive collection, hosted on Flickr, contains a selection of Avila University photographs, arranged by department and/or subject.

U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Digital Archive: This digital archive collection, hosted by Omeka.org, is the repository for digitized or born-digital organizational records of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. These include photographs, meeting minutes, programs, and other materials.

Women’s Religious Special Collection Book Index: This spreadsheet lists non-circulating published material related to Catholic Sisters and the history and experience of Women Religious in America.


The Archives is currently comprised of three collecting areas:

Avila University Archives

These collections contain institutional records and other materials that preserve the history and heritage of Avila from its founding in 1916 as the College of Saint Teresa to today.

CSJ Heritage Center Archives

Contains the records of the U. S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The Federation is an association of congregations of women religious who acknowledge Saint Joseph as their patron, Father Medaille as their founder, and share a common tradition and a unique spirit as their heritage.

Women Religious Special Collections

Collections of materials created by, for, and about American sisters. Materials include out-of-print and contemporary books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, ephemera, and audiovisual items documenting the experience of Catholic sisters and nuns.

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