Digital Collection: Loyola Marymount University Historical Photograph Collection

Aerial view of Xavier Hall and St Roberts Hall Dancers at Cinco de Mayo celebrations

The Digital Library Program at the Hannon Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Loyola Marymount University Historical Photograph Collection. Originally titled the “Atrium Collection,” this digital collection was developed in celebration of LMU’s centennial year (2012). The 1200+ images in the collection provide a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of students, faculty, administrators, visitors, and the landscape of the campus as it has grown over the last one hundred years.

Curators from the Department of Archives & Special Collections selected several of the images showcased in this digital collection, but the majority of the items in the collection were handpicked by Dr. Kevin Starr for his book entitled, Loyola Marymount University,1911-2011: A Centennial History.

Paul Westhead  Homecoming queens and princessess, 1957-1958  Father Randy Roche

Our Special Collections Metadata Librarian spent a good portion of 2013 creating metadata and writing descriptions for the images. In her research, she heavily relied upon Dr. Starr’s centennial book, as
well as the wealth of information inside our university archives. During this project, a fruitful partnership was established with Father Randy Roche, who graciously offered his knowledge and time to help identify individuals, buildings, and events represented in the images. The history of LMU is foremost the history of its
people, all of whom have contributed to the legacy of the university and who continue to build a greater community together.

The LMU Historical Photograph Collection can be accessed from anywhere; you don’t have to be at the library! Check it out now!

For research consultations about and access to the primary source material please contact the Department of Archives and Special Collections at 310.338.5710 or