University Archives

Mission Statement

The Heidelberg Archives are a repository where materials pertinent to the history of Heidelberg University are collected, preserved, systematically stored, and made available to members of the Heidelberg community for research about the school. Others can also gain access by appointment to the collection for research purposes.


The Heidelberg Archives contain the following materials:

  • Digitized Auroras: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Digitized Kilikiliks: 1961-1962, 1986-1987
  • Historic documents related to the founding of Heidelberg College and its development
  • Minutes of the Faculty and the Board of Trustees from 1850
  • Documentation about buildings and grounds
  • Documents of the literary societies, including defunct societies
  • Personnel File, including information on many faculty, trustees, administrators, staff members, alumni, and friends of the university
  • The Photographic Collection, which contains no photos from 1850 to 1880, a modest number of photos from 1880 to 1940, and an extensive number of photos and slides from 1940 to the present. Notable are the framed group photos of the entire student body and faculty from the 1920s through the 1940s.
  • Documents and publications of school organizations and departments
  • A collection of scrapbooks donated by alumni


The University Archivists provide the following services:

  • Receive documents and materials pertinent to the history of the school, and maintain the materials and an inventory of the collection
  •  Assist individuals with research about Heidelberg history and those who have taught, studied, and worked here
  • Create displays about Heidelberg history for the campus and provide materials for others who are creating such displays
  • Host Heidelberg classes, faculty, individual students, alumni groups, and others interested in the history of the institution and the archival collection


  • Photocopies can be made at the rates set by the Heidelberg Print Shop.
  • Non-Heidelberg persons are requested to donate $25.00 per day when special times and arrangements are required.
  • We can sometimes replace lost Auroras, as available, for $30.00 per volume. This includes postage and handling.


During the academic year, the archives are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and by appointment. The archives are closed when the University is closed. During the summer the archives are open by appointment.

Contact Information

Telephone: (419) 448-2087

Email: (Robert Berg) or (Dorothy Berg)

See a list of our staff.