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.

Archives Catalog



BVU Digital Archives

BVU Digital Archives includes photographs, videos, oral histories. You can search by keyword, subject, year, or format.

BVU Digital Archives

Alumni Publications

Thumbnail image of BV Today April 1973 cover

The archives holds alumni publications spanning from 1944-2019, beginning with The Bulletin (1944-1964), The View (1965-1972), and Buena Vista Today (1973-2019). Other publications that ran concurrently include The Beaver Report (1955-1958) and BV Briefs (1999-2015).

Alumni Publications

Student Newspapers


Over a century of campus news... with a point!

The Buena Vista University news archive site includes official campus newspapers printed between 1892 and 2012, as well as selected unofficial publications.

BVU Newspaper Archive

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.

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

Buena Vista Yearbooks

A banner featuring an old Buena Vista logo

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.

Centennial Time Capsule

Archives Opportunities

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