Creighton University Archives

Our A Light for Justice video series is an online alternative to a justice-themed series planned in partnership with the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice for Lent 2020.

Creighton University experts speak on the sacred text and art of The Saint John's Bible in a new series, Lighting the Word.

With our Sermon Project, we work with clergy across the Omaha metropolitan region to bring our Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible to local places of worship.

In the weeks before Christmas 2020, we held Advent with The Saint John's Bible via Zoom, which featured selected illuminations from The Saint John's Bible.

Owing to staffing changes, Archives and Special Collections is reducing operations in three of our major areas - University Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections.  The Creighton Digital Repository will continue normal operations.  More information can be found by visiting those sections of our website.

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is still housed in the Rare Books Room at Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, and the Division of Mission and Ministry has assumed responsibility for presentations of and programming for the Heritage Edition.  Please visit The Saint John's Bible at Creighton section of our website for additional information.

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.