Archives & Special Collections

Mount Mary University’s Archives and Special Collections department has closed. The contents will spend the next year or more being processed for the eventual transfer to the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives (NAA). The NAA is now managing all questions about Mount Mary's Archives.

Contact Information

The School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives is located on Mount Mary's campus, on the lower level of Bergstrom Hall (across from Public Safety). 

Hours by appointment only: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For questions, or to make an appointment please contact:



Mount Mary University Archives

c/o School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives

2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway

Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597 


Collection Highlights

More than 164.5 cubic feet of archival records dating back to the late nineteenth century.

  • Academic bulletins and student handbooks
  • Alumnae publications and directories
  • Faculty and other governance committee meeting minutes
  • Permanent records from the university’s academic departments and administrative offices
  • Photographs, slides, audiotapes, videotapes and film of university activities
  • Rare books and documents
  • Student and club scrapbooks
  • Student publications such as yearbooks (also available digitally), newspapers and literary magazines
  • Student Master's theses and Senior Projects

Mount Mary University Digital Collections

Haggerty Library will maintain the university's digital collections, and its digital presence continues to grow. Staff will work with SSND Archives staff to document and make accessible a wide variety of its rich history for researchers.

Click here to browse 

  • Highlights include:
    • Harper Lee at Mount Mary and Student Life in the 1950s.
    • Hubert de Givenchy garments from the Fashion Archive, funded by the Stella Jones Foundation.
    • A wider selection of Fashion Archive garments, funded by a major grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Click here for the Digital Fashion Archive.

Yearbooks of Yesterday

Mount Mary College yearbook archives are also online!

As part of the 2013 Centennial Celebration, Mount Mary University launched an online collection of archived yearbooks, covering the years 1930-1995. Funded by the Mount Mary Alumnae Association, this searchable collection is sure to make you smile! View the collection now.


Mount Mary also contributes to, the state-wide collaborative effort to share Wisconsin's story online. Our digital yearbooks also appear there, as do much of our Digital Collections. Click here to view our contributions.


Statement on Offensive Content in Mount Mary Yearbooks

Historical material, such as our Digital Yearbooks Collection, may contain images and language that illustrate deplorable attitudes toward Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LBGTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, or people from other marginalized communities or groups. These images and language are offensive and may be traumatizing. Such content does not represent Mount Mary’s core values of compassion, community, competence and commitment.

Unfortunately, we cannot change the University’s history and believe in the importance of facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information. Digitization has increased access and discovery of our collections and our history, and we will not hide anything in our digital collections. They enable all of us to engage in more truthful conversations about our history and antiracism today. Mount Mary is committed to creating an equitable and just community for all who grace our campus and view these collections.

Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mount Mary University.

Mount Mary students can contact the Counseling and Wellness Center to discuss their feelings about this content, or other matters.

This statement was drafted by members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the President's Council.