In 1827, Lindenwood University was founded in an effort to provide a Protestant-based education to the young women of the region. Since that time, Lindenwood has experienced a change that has reflected the culture of the Midwestern United States; always with the intention of helping young men and women acquire the skills to become useful citizens. The archives seeks to centralize access to all university publications, minutes, and reports relating to the Lindenwood- St. Charles, Missouri and Lindenwood- Belleville, Illinois campuses. Currently, the archives contains approximately 800 linear feet of records.
The primary goal of the Mary E. Ambler Archives is to be a tool that Lindenwood faculty and students will find useful in the research of institutional and regional topics. The archives intends to make additional resources available in the future to Missourians and researchers abroad by making content accessible through digitization.
Collection Development/Donation Policy:
In addition to our institutional record, the archives has placed a priority on adding to its holdings on LU founders, George and Mary Sibley. The archives also strives to obtain additional historical records related to the following:
- Subjects within a 75-mile radius of St. Charles County, St. Louis City and County and material from Illinois
- The Early American Frontier
- Women’s Colleges
If material is offered to the Mary E. Ambler Archives, it must fit within the scope of our collection development policy. In unique circumstances, the archives will accept material outside of the scope of our core collection development policy if it is determined to be useful for educational and research purposes. Donors must sign a release form that will give Lindenwood free use and ownership of the material being offered. If a donor is interested, upon completion of the release form, a statement of value will be given to the individual for tax purposes.
The Mary E. Ambler Archives holds extensive subject files containing information about past Lindenwood presidents, faculty, students, and events. In addition, yearbooks, course catalogs, photographs, student newspapers, LU publications, and meeting minutes can be found in the archives.
The original papers of founders George and Mary Sibley, owned by Lindenwood, are stored off-site at the Missouri History Museum. Transcripts to most of these papers and material not owned by Lindenwood can be found in the archives. The personal library belonging to the Sibleys can be found in the archives.
The archives also hold much of the personal library of U.S. Senator James A. Reed and papers from the Price-Loyles families (descendents of Daniel Boone).
The highlights of the curatorial materials include the Conoyer Political Button Collection, the Wetterau Grocery Advertising Collection, and the artwork of Louise Leak.
Due to the unique nature of many of the items in the archives, items do not circulate and can only be viewed during the normal hours of operation.
Photocopies and Scans:
Archives staff will photocopy or scan material at the researcher’s expense when such duplication can be done without injury to the material and does not violate copyright restrictions or restrictions imposed by agreement with the donor. We do not duplicate entire archival collections or all the text of individual books, manuscripts, or boxes of material. Use of personal copiers or scanners is prohibited. The use of cameras is acceptable within the aforementioned parameters.
Copies are provided for the researcher's personal use only and are not to be transferred to another individual or institution without the permission of the Lindenwood-Mary E. Ambler Archives. Provision of copies does not constitute permission to publish.