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University Archives

old la salle buildingThe University Archives is located on the 4th floor of the University Library building. It was formally organized in 1973 as the College Archives, and became a major unit of the Library in 1989. As the "official memory" of the institution, its collections span the entire history of the University, from 1911 to the present. However because of the destructions wrought by the Second World War on the old building, many of the early records and library holdings were lost.

The University Archives, formally organized in 1973 as the College Archives, became a separate major unit of the Library in 1989. Its objectives are:

  • university library, archives sectionTo serve as the "official memory" of the institution
  • To appraise, collect and organize all available records of permanent/enduring value
  • To preserve and make them available for use
  • To serve as a repository of Lasalliana, and other special collections
  • To provide records management services in the handling of current or active records


The purpose of the De La Salle University Archives is to preserve for research use every historically valuable material created or received by the University as evidence of its origin, growth, and development. To achieve this goal, the Archives will:

  • Appraise, collect, organize, arrange, describe, preserve and make available University official records of permanent administrative, legal, fiscal, historical and intrinsic value; and assist in the preservation of unofficial records, personal papers, and other materials relating to the history of the University;
  • Provide adequate facilities for storage and retention of such records;
  • Provide information and reference services that will assist the university administration and faculty in the operation of the University;
  • Facilitate efficient records management that will assist in the University�s administration of all active and current files;
  • Serve as a research center for the study of the University�s history and the role of DLSU in the growth and development of Catholic education in the Philippines;
  • Serve as a permanent repository of La Salliana materials and other special non-book collections of significant historical/research value, such as the personal papers of its faculty and alumni; their literary and art collections; gifts, mementos, memorabilia and other �realia� received by the University; and such other manuscript and non-book collections as the University may receive from time to time from its benefactors;
  • Promote historical research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collection by members of the academic community and patrons and friends of the University;
  • Enter into cooperative relationships with other archival institutions and historical societies to provide better services and pool resources for the common good of the academic public at large; and
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the goals and programs of the Archives and increase awareness and appreciation of its activities through exhibitions, publications of its holdings and activities, seminars and workshops.