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Archival Collections

The Archives of American University chronicle more than one hundred years of the University's history. Collections include documents (paper & electronic), films, videos, sound recordings, and photographic images.

Records are organized into broad subject groups and include the following categories: Early History; University Publications; Administrative and Faculty Records; Records of Academic Units; Records of Student Groups and Organizations; Records Related to Buildings and Grounds; and Theses, Dissertations, and Honors Capstones. These include:

Early History

  • Personal and corporate documents, and photographs from the University's first twenty-five years.

University Publications

  • Faculty and staff newspapers and newsletters
  • Yearbooks
  • Catalogs
  • Commencement Programs
  • Special Publications

Records Related to Buildings and Grounds

  • Photographs of campus and its buildings
  • Documents relating to the construction of buildings
  • Architectural renderings and plans
  • Maps
  • Newspaper Clippings

Records of Student Groups and Organizations

  • Records of the Student Confederation
  • Office of Alumni Relations records
  • Student and alumni publications
  • The Eagle
  • Videotapes from the student-run television station
  • Transcripts and sound recordings of speakers sponsored by the Kennedy Political Union

Administrative and Faculty Records

  • Papers of past University Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, and Deans
  • Records of the University Senate
  • Other records produced by administrative offices

Records of Academic Units

  • Records produced by the colleges, schools, and academic departments
  • Teaching evaluations dating back to the late 1960s

Oral History Collections

  • American University Oral History Project
  • School of Public Affairs Oral History Project

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