Archives & Special Collections
About the University Archives & Special Collections
Although Biola was founded in 1908, the University Archives was not established until 1960. The purpose of the Archives is to collect and preserve materials relevant to the history of the school. Since historical collections require special environmental conditions, the role of the department was later expanded to also include the Rare Materials and other Special Collections.
Access and Use
Permission from the Archivist is required in order to examine the materials housed in this department. Access to the material is by appointment with the Archivist. The department does not have regularly set hours of service, due to minimal staffing.
Materials may only be used in the office; they may not be checked out or removed from the department. Materials may not be photocopied by users. Requests for photocopies must be approved by the Archivist and depend on the condition of the original materials.
The regular collections of the Library sometimes include circulating or reference copies of items which are also in the Archives. Please consult the Library Catalog for regular Library copies before requesting an appointment to access Archival materials.
The department contains collections which require special environmental conditions for the purpose of preservation and controlled access. There are three categories of materials:
- Archives - materials of historical significance to Biola University
- Rare Materials - rare books and other rare materials
- Special Collections - materials which require special storage for preservation
The Archives collections include materials concerning the history of the following organizations:
The Bible Institute of Los Angeles / Biola College / Biola University
These archives collections primarily contain materials concerning Biola's history. The collections include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Biola graduate theses and dissertations
- Biola Faculty publications
- Historical photographs and scrapbook collections
- Magazines and journals published by Biola University
- Papers of various Biola presidents and administrators
- Publications from Biola's schools and departments
- Works concerning the history of Biola
Arizona Bible Institute (Tucson, Arizona)
This small collection contains some of the catalogs and class yearbooks of the Arizona Bible Institute, a "sister school" to Biola.
The Church of the Open Door
This small collection includes a few bulletins and publications of The Church of the Open Door, which is now located in Glendora, CA. To contact the church archives, go to Church of the Open Door.
Hunan Bible Institute (Hunan Province, China)
This small collection includes some diaries in Chinese and a few photographs of the Hunan Bible Institute, a "sister school" to Biola.
Make an Appointment
Request an appointment with Sue Whitehead, Archives & Systems Librarian, with the form below or at (562) 955-0351, ext. 5611.