College of Saint Benedict Archives

The College of Saint Benedict Archives collects the records of the College, 1961 to present. See Saint Benedict’s Monastery Archives for the earlier college records, 1913-1961.*

About the Archives
Hours, location, mission and goals, staff, contact information and policies can be found in this section.
CSB History
Includes lists of administrators, awards, buildings, commencements, early students, and Sisters, and other resources such as A Visual History of Saint Benedict’s and Saint John’s and many other short visual “history lessons.”
Digital Archives
Many resources are available digitally and don’t require a visit to the Archives. Explore the digital holdings of the archives here.
Finding Aids and Inventory
A list of items cataloged in the Archives and a directory of Finding Aids. Check here for details on the Archives’ print resources.
Photos & Maps
Aerial photos, campus maps and other photos from the collection. For fun: the 2020 CSB Aerial Tour by drone!
Digitized publications by/about St. Benedict’s (except for the Student Newspapers, below). Some include the full text, others just the tables of contents.
Student Newspapers
SJU and  CSB student newspapers, online and searchable (back to 1965 for CSB and to 1888 for SJU).
A timeline of significant events in the history of SJU and CSB. Browsable by campus (SJU/CSB/Joint) and topic, with links to in-depth information. 
Special Collections:
The Joe O’Connell Collection
Joe O’Connell was a sculptor, print maker, photographer, artist-in-residence and teacher at CSB and SJU from 1962-1995.
The Johanna Becker OSB Collection
Sister Johanna Becker (1921-2012) was a CSB and SJU professor of Art and Asian Studies, a consultant for the Saint John’s Bible, and the namesake for the Johanna Kiln at the Saint John’s Pottery.
The Margret Dietz Collection
Margret Dietz was a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor. She taught summer courses in dance at the College of Saint Benedict in the 1970s.


* In 1961 the College was separately incorporated from the Convent/Monastery. Some pre-1961 information can be found in the CSB College Archives, such as alumnae reports and minutes of meetings dating back to the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s, and yearbooks (Facula) dating back to the 1940’s.