Visiting the Archives

The Jesuit Archives & Research Center (JARC) is happy to open parts of our facility for use as a general study space. The study spaces are available from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays and JARC events. Such closures will be posted on our events page. Guidelines regarding the use of these spaces can be read here. Those wishing to conduct research in the archives should see below.

With very few exceptions, however, JARC does not offer tours of our building to the public, including our archival storage spaces.  Should you like to inquire about the availability of a tour, please email archives(at) with more information on the background of your request.  JARC does not host private events for external groups (e.g. meetings, parties, or retreats).

JARC does not accept walk-in donations.  If you have materials you believe would be a good fit for our collections, please contact Maddie McDermott at jarcCollections(at) to discuss the nature of your donation.

Research Hours

Research may be conducted in the Reading Room during the hours of 9:00am to 11:45am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, by appointment only. We request that you reach out at least one week in advance of when you would like to visit to ensure that we can accommodate your trip and pull the relevant materials. Please contact Ann Knake at jarcReference(at) if you would like to schedule a research appointment.

Please note: Research appointments will not be available during the following times: Monday, October 28, 2019 through Friday, November 1, 2019; Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019; Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


The Jesuit Archives is located in Saint Louis’s Central West End at 3920 West Pine Boulevard. Parking is available in a private lot behind the building and on the street. The parking lot features handicapped accessible spaces, as well as a ramp for the sidewalk leading the building. The doors from the parking lot, as well as doors at the West Pine entrance, are handicapped accessible, and the building is equipped with an elevator for accessing the second floor. Please contact the Archives at archives(at) or 314.376.2440 for information about accessing the private lot or for more information about the accessibility of the Archives facility.

Directions from I-64/U.S. 40

When travelling east on I-64/U.S. 40, take exit 36C towards Vandeventer Avenue. Turn north (left) onto Vandeventer Avenue. Travel north on Vandeventer for less than one mile. Turn west (left) onto West Pine Boulevard.

When travelling west on I-64/U.S. 40, take exit 38A for Forest Park Avenue. Continue onto Forest Park Avenue. Turn north (right) onto Vandeventer Avenue. Travel north on Vandeventer for two blocks. Turn west (left) onto West Pine Boulevard.

Public Transportation

Metro provides public transportation for the Saint Louis area through services like the MetroLink and MetroBus.
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If you require overnight housing for your visit to the Jesuit Archives, there are options available in the Central West End convenient to our West Pine location.
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The Central West End is home to many of St. Louis’ fine dining restaurants, pubs, outdoor cafes, and coffee shops.
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