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Archives and Special Collections: Digital Collections

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Digital Collections

Our digital collections can be viewed online.

Lewis Letters

Thomas and Charles Lewis were brothers who attended St. Ambrose College in the 1930s. While at school, the two wrote letters to their mother, Mrs. Ollie R. Lewis. Both brothers enlisted in the Army. Charles was killed in action during the New Guinea Campaign in the Pacific War Theatre. Thomas survived World War II and went on to have a distinguished military career, reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel and serving in the Korean War.

Pacem in Terris Award

The Pacem In Terris Peace and Freedom Award was established in 1964 and was named for Pope John XXIII's encyclical and given to those who exemplified its principles. The award has been given to many well-known activists, inlcuding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Sister Helen Prejeans, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Lech Walesa. This collection includes transcripts of their acceptance speeches, photos and other documention of the award.


St. Ambrose yearbooks were published from 1913 to 1984. Titles and years published are: The Ambrosian: 1913 - 1923, The Oaks: 1940-1941; 1948 - 1984.

Student Newspapers

Student newspapers are available online. The newspapers are text searchable.

The Scene

The Magazine of St. Ambrose University


Digital copies of the Quercus are being added. Check back to see the latest additions.

Photograph Collection

Browse the photograph collection.

Catich Digital Collection

Fr. Edward Catich (1906-1979), one of the world's finest calligraphers, was known as an international authority on stone incising, typography, and stained glass fabrication, and as the foremost authority on the Roman alphabet, its origin, nature, and history.

St. Ambrose houses the world's largest collection of Fr. Catich's work. After his death, he left a large portion of his collection to John Schmits, professor of art at St. Ambrose University. It is estimated that the University houses nearly 5,000 Catich works, ranging from sketch books and small drawings to major pieces of art -- primarily watercolors, ink drawings, and slates.

Trajan Inscription

Frederic Goudy's book "The Trajan Capitals" published in 1936 with Fr. Catich's notes.