Visiting the Archives

*In light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Jesuit Archives & Research Center has suspended Open Hours. This decision was made for the health and safety of our staff and our patrons. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

JARC is pleased to work with classes of all ages, including high school and college classes.  We are able to come to you to discuss careers in the archives, or host your class to learn more about primary source research, the Jesuits, and many other topics.  To schedule a classroom session with JARC, please email Maddie McDermott at jarcCollections(at) at least one month in advance.  JARC is only able to host classes that have a clear archival component; it is not available for classes that do not require interaction from JARC staff.

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: We are scheduling research appointments for on or after Monday, July 6, 2020. At this time, we will schedule no more than two researchers to visit the archives on any given day, so we great appreciate your flexibility in scheduling a visit to our facility. Information regarding steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of both staff and researchers will be provided at the time of scheduling a visit and approximately a week prior to a scheduled visit.


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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