Make Legacy Possible
As a center for research and creativity, the University Archives promotes translational and innovative uses of primary sources. We inspire our community to seek knowledge of the past, tell stories from university history, and advance research using our collections.
The University Archives is home to more than 100 years of CMU history. Our reading room is located in Hunt Library on the university's campus in Pittsburgh and our collections contain approximately 5,000 linear feet and 10TB of historic records and materials.
Everyone is welcome to visit the University Archives and we are open for research by appointment. Please contact us to talk to an archivist or schedule an appointment.
Search our Finding Aids
Search our finding aids and inventories to discover more information about the collections in the University Archives.
Access our Audiovideo Collections
Access our audiovisual collections to watch digitized video and film recordings from the University Archives.
Access our Digital Collections
Access our digital collections to search and browse digitized newspapers, yearbooks, letters, and other records in the University Archives.
Explore our Research Guides
Explore our research guides to learn more about special topics in the University Archives.
Temporary COVID-19 Policy
To access the University Archives, please email us to request an appointment. Based on the University’s COVID-19 protocols and the Libraries’ COVID-19 protocols that help to ensure a safe environment for students, employees and visitors on campus, we are limiting the number of researchers in our reading room. Priority will be given to current CMU faculty, staff, and students. Other requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you are not CMU faculty, staff, or student, please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your intended visit to request an appointment.
Please note, these guidelines are based on current University COVID-19 protocols and are subject to change at any time.
The Carnegie Mellon University Archives is the official repository for Carnegie Mellon’s intellectual, cultural, and administrative history. We steward the collective memory of our institution, and we strive to reflect the diverse experiences and contributions of our community. We make legacy possible at Carnegie Mellon by collecting, preserving, and providing access to materials of the university that have lasting historical value in all formats digital and analog.
To form a complete record of life at Carnegie Mellon University, we gather a wide range of materials from
- Leadership and Administration
- Academic Programs
- Faculty and Affiliates
Archivists work closely with administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and affiliates throughout the donation process.
To learn more about our scope and the materials we collect, visit our donation guide.
To donate materials, please contact us for a consultation.