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Archival Resources of Brandeis University

This guide will help you discover the University's archival resources and how to use them. From primary sources to Brandeis publications to digitized materials, your archival research starts here.

University Archivist

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Maggie McNeely
Brandeis University
MS 045 at 415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

All Publications

 Theses and Dissertations

Over 3500 senior honors theses and almost 200 Masters theses are cataloged in OneSearch and can be retrieved and used in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. As of fall 2009, all incoming Masters students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are required to submit their theses in print and electronic format and undergraduates have a choice of whether to submit in print or electronically. Print theses will be maintained in the University Archives, while the electronic versions will be deposited in the Brandeis Institutional Repository

Dissertations are published by UMI and are available in both print and electronic format. All Brandeis dissertations may be searched in OneSearch, and members of the Brandeis community may access electronic versions directly from that catalog or via Dissertations and Theses at Brandeis University, a library database.  Print copies are housed in the library stacks and may be borrowed by members of the Brandeis community and by other research libraries in our network. For outside researchers, UMI makes print copies available for purchase through

Student Newspapers (The Justice and others)

Brandeis newspapers are available for research in the University Archives. The most popular and longest- running paper is the student publication, The Justice. Newspapers are a terrific resource in many ways. They address events and issues of the day and provide a sense of both the general Zeitgeist and the university’s campus life at a particular point in time. Sometimes The Justice is the only documentation that exists on a particular topic. Chances are, if an event took place at Brandeis, someone either wrote an article or a letter to the editor in The Justice about it. Use a searchable version of The Justice from 1949-1969 from the Brandeis Institutional Repository. You may browse Justice issues up through 2005 at the Internet Archive, however the search function is not available.

Other university periodicals in the Archives include: the Turret, the Brandeis Review, the Brandeis Hoot, The Watch, Gravity, the Brandeis Reporter, and the Brandeis University Gazette. We also carry alumni publications, some departmental publications, and publications of literary and visual works.

Yearbooks, Brandeis Bulletins, and Student Handbooks

Not just for alumni! Undergraduates frequently mine these resources for their research projects. They document everything official and not-so-official at Brandeis including: courses, administration, faculty, programs of study, clubs and organizations, campus buildings, university regulations, and even “fight” songs. Like the student newspapers, the yearbooks and handbooks are especially emblematic of the time periods they represent.

Books and Theses on the History of Brandeis

Before you begin a project on the history of Brandeis University, take a look at some important works that preceded you. This approach will save you from researching facts that have already been diligently gathered by others.

Examples of books located in both the main stacks and University Archives include: A Host at Last, by Abram Sachar (1976; 1995 rev. ed.); From the Beginning: A Picture History of the First Four Decades of Brandeis University, edited by Susan Pasternack (1988);  Brandeis University at the Beginning, by Stephen J. Whitfield (2010); Brandeis University: Chapter of its Founding, by Israel Goldstein (1951); and Building a Campus: An Architectural Celebration of Brandeis University's 50th Anniversary, edited by Gerald Bernstein (1999).

Examples of senior honors theses (these require a visit to the Archives) include: The Brandeis Challenge: An History of Brandeis University, by David Alexander (1979); From Haven to ’Host’: the Origins of Brandeis University, by John Gliedman (1988); Now and Then and Inbetween: Stories of Brandeis University (1993); Double Liminality: Questioning Religious Identity at Brandeis University, by Miriam Von Guggenberg (2010); Brandeis University's Midlife Identity Crisis: The State of Religion at Brandeis in 2005..., by Leora Koller-Fox (2005); Unlocking Doors to the Past and Future: An Architectural and Social Exploration of the Irving and Edyth Usen Castle, by Amy Debra Finstein (1998); Architecture and Planning at Brandeis University, by Ann Lorenz (1972); and The Architecture of Brandeis University or "How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Max Abramovitz, by Michael Hauptman (1971).