Into the Archives

  • Fine Neighbors: McCormick Theological Seminary and DePaul University

    Fine Neighbors: McCormick Theological Seminary and DePaul University

    ​As the campus celebrates the grand opening of the Holtschneider Performance Center, it is a fitting time to reflect on the past of this corner of DePaul’s campus. The Holtschneider Performance Center, with its rehearsal spaces and multiple performance halls, is a stunning addition to the School of Music, but many may not know it also is the first building on the corner of Fullerton and Halsted that built. The other buildings on that corner, as well as other well-known buildings on campus, are what remain of the McCormick Theological Seminary.​
  • How things were in the beginning: The first fall class of St. Vincent’s College

    How things were in the beginning: The first fall class of St. Vincent’s College

    ​On the morning of Sept. 5, 1898, 10 faculty members and roughly 70 students walked into St. Vincent’s College Hall to begin classes for the first time. Now 120 years later, DePaul University still stands as a center for a uniquely urban, Vincentian education. However, the road to this long-standing success was far from easy, and was more than 20 years in the making.​
  • Meet DePaul alumna: Mabel Landry Staton

    Meet DePaul alumna: Mabel Landry Staton

    ​While DePaul alumna Mabel "Dolly" Landry Staton never officially competed for the university, her accomplishments as a record-breaking long jumper and sprinter in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, earned her a place in DePaul's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Read on to learn more about the star athlete who often put her teammates and friendship before her personal success.​
  • The mythical element bringing students together: Spring festivals at DePaul

    The mythical element bringing students together: Spring festivals at DePaul

    ​As spring arrives and the school year draws to a close, many students will be anticipating FEST, DePaul’s annual spring celebration. Though FEST has been around for more than 30 years, it is not the only spring festival found in the university’s history. Read on to learn about the history of year-end festivals at DePaul.​
  • Speeches and science fiction: A glimpse at DePaul

    Speeches and science fiction: A glimpse at DePaul's past literary organizations

    ​April is National Poetry Month, a time dedicated to celebrating poetry in its many forms. An exploration of DePaul's past student poets and poetry publications uncovers a long-enduring history of various student literary groups and publications.​
  • Play ball! DePaul

    Play ball! DePaul's place in Chicago sports history

    ​Did you know one of Chicago's Major League Baseball teams once used DePaul's Athletic Field as its stadium for a season? Many have heard this snippet of information relayed on tours at Wrigley Field, but it was not the Chicago Cubs who played at DePaul. Read on to find out how DePaul is connected to Chicago's various sports teams and stadiums. ​
  • Incarceration exhibit displays DePaul

    Incarceration exhibit displays DePaul's social justice identity

    ​The current exhibit in Special Collections and Archives showcases DePaul's commitment to service and the dignity of every person through a display of items related to incarceration in the United States. Installed in January, "INCARCERATION: Art, Activism & Advocacy" highlights collections and materials from both prisoners and advocates on the outside. ​
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    DePaul's first president: The Very Reverend Peter V. Byrne, C.M.

    ​During his ten-year tenure, DePaul's first president, the Very Reverend Peter V. Byrne, C.M., would expand the then St. Vincent's College both physically and academically. These actions led to what would ultimately be the most profound achievement of his tenure: the creation of DePaul University itself.​
  • A monument in granite, stone and steel: Remembering alumni hall

    A monument in granite, stone and steel: Remembering alumni hall

    ​As DePaul begins a new era in its athletics program with the opening of Wintrust Arena, it is easy to find oneself looking back over the numerous buildings that have served as a home for athletics throughout DePaul's history, such as Alumni Hall. Read on to learn more about why the building still stands out for many alumni.​
  • Sweet home, Chicago

    Sweet home, Chicago

    ​The band, Chicago, includes some of the university's most prominent alumni: James Pankow, Walter Parazaider and Lee Loughnane. DePaul has always been proud to welcome them home - most recently at the opening of the Wintrust Arena. Read on to learn more about the rock legends and their time at DePaul.​
  • A fine Vincentian heart: The Rev. Thomas Munster, C.M.

    A fine Vincentian heart: The Rev. Thomas Munster, C.M.

    ​Throughout DePaul's long history, there have been many faculty and staff who have lived the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul. Read the first in a series of profiles about Vincentians at DePaul, featuring the Rev. Thomas Munster, C.M., who dedicated decades of service not only to the university, but also to the Lincoln Park community at large. ​
  • Presidential gateaux: Welcoming a new president to the DePaul community

    Presidential gateaux: Welcoming a new president to the DePaul community

    ​As DePaul University welcomes another new school year, we will also be welcoming a new President, A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D. In joining the legacy left behind by the university's former leaders, Dr. Esteban also joins a long-standing tradition of inaugural events meant to welcome the new president to the DePaul community.​