Archives & Special Collections
The Concordia University Archives is a climate-controlled storage facility located on the first floor of the F.W.J. Sylwester Library in the George R. White Library & Learning Center on Concordia's Portland campus.
The Archives is a member of Archives West of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and its collections are searchable through the Archives West site. The collections are open to the public by appointment.
There are three archival collections housed in the Concordia University Archivest:
Concordia University Archives
Concordia University Archives is the official repository for the University's records. Included in this collection are documents from the Board of Regents; the papers of University Presidents Sylwester, Weber, and Coates; the faculty and its numerous committees; the Concordia Guild; and various student organizations along with a photo collection.
NW District – LCMS
The Archives of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod are housed on the campus of Concordia University in the Concordia University Archives. Included in this collection are materials from the various committees and commissions of the District, congregational histories and documents from disbanded congregations, and photograph collections.
Center for Volga German Studies
The Archives of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University are housed in the Concordia University Archives. This collection includes the personal papers of numerous researchers and historians along with historical documents and maps. Several historical photo sets are also part of the CVGS collections including that of the Rev. Jakob Riffel, a prominent historian among the Volga Germans who settled in Argentina.
The Concordia University Libraries maintain several Special Collections of rare books and books that are historically significant to the University. These include a collection of science fiction materials that contains many early editions and signed copies of Ray Bradbury’s works, illustrations of Hannes Bok, and fanzines. In addition, the University houses a collection of books that were illustrated by Berta and Elmer Hader and a multi-volume edition of Luther’s works that date from 1539-1572.
All materials in the Special Collection are identifiable through the Library Catalog . Materials that are part of the Libraries’ Special Collections must be used in the library under the supervision of a staff member and may not be checked out. To request an item from Special Collections, inquire at the Service Desk. Materials from the Libraries’ Special Collections are not available for interlibrary loan.
The Children’s Literature Collection of the Concordia University Libraries supports the College of Education’s curriculum and is intended to assist student teachers with lesson planning and student teaching. Grade levels range from pre-school through 12th with emphasis on K-8. This collection is located on the east end of 2nd floor. Materials in the Children’s Literature Collection are organized by Library of Congress Classification.
The Concordia University Libraries maintain a collection of materials that faculty members place “on reserve” for courses being taught each session. These items may be requested from the Service Desk. In general, these materials are checked out by the hour and may be used in the Library only. The Reserve Collection is organized alphabetically by the last name of the course’s primary instructor. Materials that are part of the Course Reserve Collection are not available for interlibrary loan.
The Concordia University Libraries maintains a collection of curriculum materials primarily for use by student teachers preparing lesson plans for course work or during student teaching. All materials included in the Curriculum Lab Collection are indicated in the Library Catalog and are located on the third floor of the Main Library. The Curriculum Lab Collection is organized by Library of Congress Classification Number. Materials are arranged by grade level (Pre-K through 12) within discipline. Materials from the Curriculum Lab Collection are not available for interlibrary loan.
The Concordia University Libraries have an extensive collection of electronic resources available for support of the curricular and research needs of the University’s students, faculty, and staff. All electronic books, reference works, and journals are accessible through the Library Catalog , Journal Finder , or other Databases.
The Concordia University Libraries maintain a collection of oversized materials in the Folio Collection located on the west end of the third floor. Most art books are found in this collection. All materials included in the Folio Collection are identified in the Library Catalog and are organized on the shelf by Library of Congress Classification.
The majority of the Concordia University Libraries’ journal collections are in electronic format and accessible through the Journal Finder . There are currently over 25,000 full text journal titles included in CU’s e-journals collection.
The majority of the print journal collection is housed on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, and is shelved in alphabetical order by title. The most current issues are located in the Reading Area on the first floor. The Library Catalog indicates when the most recent issue was received.
The Concordia University Libraries maintain a small map collection on the first floor adjacent to the Service Desk. This collection is not included in the Library Catalog. The maps are organized by continent.
The Microform Collection of the Concordia University Libraries is located in the Digitization Center which is located behind the Reference Collection on the first floor. This collection consists mainly of microfilm and microfiche copies of the back issues of journal titles and major newspapers. There is also an extensive collection of Old English Books which are available on microfiche. The holdings of the Microform Collection are indicated in the Library Catalog.
The Concordia University Libraries houses a collection of film, music and spoken word titles on DVD and CD. All of the materials in these collections are included in the Library Catalog. The CD Collection is housed at the Service Desk on the First Floor and is organized by locally assigned numbers. The DVD Collection is shelved in title order and is housed along the back wall behind the Reference Collection on the first floor. Only the cases are available there; you must ask for the disc at the Service Desk.
The Reference Collection is located on the first floor, adjacent to the Service Desk. Materials in the Reference Collection must be used in the library and may not be checked out.