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



Coronavirus Project

The Buena Vista University Archives wants to collect your experiences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Imagine that years from now someone is researching the pandemic as it affected Buena Vista University. They want to put a human face to the facts and statistics and understand what people were thinking and feeling. How did they cope? How did they help one another? How did they fail one another? It’s these day-to-day experiences that make history come alive.

To that end, we are accepting any kind of format that expresses your feelings or observations: poetry, a journal, photographs of your neighborhood or grocery store, drawings or paintings, handmade signs, social media posts or videos are just some of the formats we will accept. Whatever it is, we want to preserve it for future researchers.

Questions? Please contact Joan Curbow, Archivist: or 712.749.2086. Please fill out the Deed of Gift form at the time of submission.

Deed of Gift

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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