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College Archives

We can go confidently into the future and accept the change that growth demands
only if we have firm roots in the past, in a living tradition.   —Leonard Foley, OFM

The college archives holds selected records from administrative, academic, social and cultural sources at the Chalon and Doheny Campuses. Record series date from the foundation of the college in 1925 to the present. In addition to textual records, archival series include photographs, flyers, clippings, scrapbooks, yearbooks, programs and catalogues. Along with this primary source material we have various histories of the college and its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.


The MSMC Archives collects, preserves and provides access to materials of historical, research and administrative interest. The College Archives are located on the Chalon Campus, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90049. Housed in the Charles Willard Coe Memorial Library, the archives are on the first (ground) floor in the Frank H. Spearman Room.

Policies, finding aids and other information can be found on the MSMC Portal,

Mission Statement

The Archives preserve the official memory of the College, consisting of documents that are deemed to be of enduring value: records that contain evidence of and information about the mission, history, organization and operations of Mount St. Mary's College.

Digital collections

Selections form the Mount's historic photography and digitized publications are viewable and downloadable. Please visit the Digitized Collections page for details.

Digital humanities

Read about the participation of the College Archives in Master of Humanities class project to showcase Western writer and Mount benefactor Frank Hamilton Spearman online.

Blog and social media

Archivist Vicky McCargar blogs about the archives and College history at the Mount Archives Blog (; opens in same window). Comments are welcome.

Follow Archives happenings on Facebook at and Twitter at .

Hours and contact

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Victoria McCargar, MA, MLIS, College Archivist
(310) 954-4377