Location and Collections

The college archives are located on the lower level of Busse Library. The archives contains materials that document the history of Mount Mercy University and are divided into the following collections:

  • Documentation: minutes, reports and publications that chronicle the day to day operation of the university including those of academic departments, administrative offices, student organizations and auxillary services.
  • Images: photographs, slides, CDs, and composite class pictures dating back to the early days of Mount Mercy Academy, Mount Mercy Junior College, the Mercy School of Nursing, Mount Mercy College, and Mount Mercy University.
  • Scrapbooks: newspaper articles about people and events at Mount Mercy University, dating back to the 1950's.
  • Media: audio-visual-films, videos, DVDs, and recordings of university events.
  • Artifacts: clothing and ephemera that help tell Mount Mercy's story.
  • Rare Books: from the Sisters of Mercy collection.


The finding aid to the Busse Library Archives is available.

 Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us if you have a question or research need concerning Mount Mercy University's history, or if you would like to make a donation to the archives.

You can reach us:

Busse Center Library
ATTN: Kristy Raine, Reference Librarian and Archivist
Mount Mercy University
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-363-9060 (fax)

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