University Archives

The BVU Archives was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to preserving the history of Buena Vista University. The Archives collects documents, photographs and other memorabilia pertaining to our institutional history.

Alumni and friends who have items to donate to the Archives are encouraged to contact us. The Archives is located on the second floor of the library and its collections are available for use by appointment.

Featured collection: Buena Vista University Yearbooks

Cover of the 1954 yearbook

Take a trip down memory lane, and visit the Iowa Heritage Digital Collections website to view digitized versions of BVU's yearbook, The Beaver Log.

To view a yearbook, browse to the year that you wish to view and click on the title of the year book. On that yearbook's information page, click the Click here to downloadlink, which will open a pdf version of that yearbook.

Years available are 1907-1999. Any gaps in coverage mean that no yearbook was published in that year or range of years.

A banner featuring an old Buena Vista logo

Featured collection: Centennial Time Capsule

In 1991, Buena Vista College celebrated its 100th anniversary. Student groups, faculty, staff, and President Keith Briscoe and his wife, Carmen Briscoe, placed items in the Centennial Time Capsule. When the football field underwent renovations in 2011, the capsule was exhumed and stored. Browse this exhibit...