The Marian University Archives provides the Marian University Community information on the University’s history. Located in the Cardinal Meyer Library, the Archives is a closed collection available by appointment only. If you would like to view an item in the archives please fill out the Archives Request Form. If you have something that you’d like to contribute to the Archives, please submit the item with a completed Archives Transfer Form.

Faculty, staff and students are urged to submit materials that may contribute to the documentation of Marian’s history. The Archives accepts meeting minutes from all administrative bodies, committees, divisions, and student organizations. Other materials of interest include publications, correspondence and items related to college activities. Please read the Archives Policy for more details.


The University Seal

The seal of the University contains the motto “Sicut Lillium Inter Spinas” (from the Latin “As a Lily Among Thorns”). A circle of thorns surrounds the center portions of the seal, which features a torch (the symbol of wisdom), emerging from the lily (a symbol of Mary, purity and new life). Sister Vera Naber, first Academic Dean and third president of the University, designed the seal in 1937 for the purpose of authenticating transcripts. A replica of the seal in ceramic tile mosaic, the work of Sisters Pascal Lowes and Agnessa Ruder, is in the floor of the lobby of the Administration Building.