Archives Mission and Services

The John Brown University Archives will collect, preserve, and document artifacts associated with the founding and development of John Brown University, in order to educate and enrich a broad and diverse audience, and foster communication between the University, its employees, students, alumni, and visitors to Siloam Springs and JBU.

The JBU Archives collects materials related to the history of the university and the life and ministry of its founder, John E. Brown, Sr., and his family. See our archival resources page for a representative list of holdings. Archives staff welcome inquiries about university history and related subjects. The Archives Display room features exhibits of important holdings in the collection as well as work space for researchers who wish to study materials from the archives’ collections.

In addition to supporting scholarly research using the university’s archival materials, the archives supports the instructional mission of the university by providing students with information about JBU’s heritage, principally through the Gateway Seminar in Christian Scholarship that all traditional undergraduate students take during their first semester at JBU. The archives also provides work study and internship opportunities for students interested in archival preservation and research, especially those who are pursuing the minor in Museum Studies

For archival questions or to make an appointment to review archival materials, please contact the Archives Coordinator, Marikit Schwartz Fain, at 479-524-7207 or mschwartz@jbu.edu. Drop-in visitors are welcome at the archives during regular office hours, but archives staff will be better prepared to assist researchers with advanced notice of the nature of the inquiry. The archives is located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center, room 150.

John Brown University Archives
2000 West University
Siloam Springs, AR  72761

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