Creighton University Archives

From January 12th to February 11th, the Lied Art Gallery will feature Thundering Tortoises and Horrified Hares: Aesop in Popular Culture, an exhibit displaying artifacts from the Carlson Fable Collection.

Our department collects, maintains and provides access to collections that appeal to a variety of researchers: archival holdings related to the history of Creighton University; rare books and other valuable print materials; and special collections from literature, health, art, religion and other fields. Visitors may view displayed materials in our Rare Books Room during regular viewing hours (current schedule, at left).  Research is by appointment only.

The permanent holdings of the University Archives include assorted documents, photographs, audiovisual and other artifacts related to the rich heritage of Creighton University, a private, comprehensive Jesuit and Catholic university founded in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1878. This includes materials related to the university, our founders, the Jesuit Community, St. John's Church, and other affiliated institutions.


The Rare Books collection contains rare and valuable print materials ranging from 14th-century religious texts to 1st editions of prominent 20th-century writers. The main part of the collection is housed in the Rare Books Room in the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library.  In addition, we are privileged to house a Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible while it is on loan to Creighton until 2019.



Our Special Collections are thematic collections not specifically related to the history of our institution. They cover a variety of topics, including medical, dental and pharmacy tools; fables literature and memorabilia; religious realia; and European and American artwork. Some of these collections are on display in the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library and the Health Sciences Library.