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A page describing the unique collections held by the Lee & Jim Vann Library.

Special Collections - MAIN CONTENT

  • USF Archives


    This collection consists of images, news releases, and other documents related to the history of the University of Saint Francis. Documents concerning Lutheran College, which was acquired by the university in the 1990s, are also included. This collection is growing! Keep checking back for additional content!

  • Brookside History


    This collection includes images and documents related to the John H. Bass family. The Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration purchased land from the Bass family in 1944 to bring the university to Fort Wayne, Indiana, from Lafayette, Indiana. Brookside, the Bass family home, has been used in various capacities by the university since the purchase of the property.

  • Contact Us

    The Lee & Jim Vann Library's Special Collections and Archives are viewable online with physical items housed on the first floor of the Vann Library. Hours of operation for the physical collections are by appointment only. To share your questions, comments, concerns, or to make an appointment to see the Special Collections, please contact us via email at

  • USF Invertebrates


    This collection consists of images taken of the physical collection of invertebrate specimens maintained by the University of Saint Francis’ Biology Department. The majority of this collection consists of mollusk shells and pinned insects. The physical collection is available for research projects conducted by students, faculty, and guest scientists. This collection is growing! Keep checking back for additional content!

  • Bahamian Field Studies


    The USF Bahamian Collection includes papers written by students about projects they worked on while taking the Bahamian Field Studies course in the Bahamas. Course material written by Dr. Larry Wiedman, a professor of Biology at the University of Saint Francis who oversees the Bahamian Field Studies courses, is also included.

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Lee & Jim Vann Library

Pope John Paul II Center

First and Second Floor

Room 101 & 201