University Archives

Benner Library is the campus library for Olivet Nazarene University at Bourbonnais, Illinois. The University Archives curates physical and digital items that tell the Olivet story and Wesleyan scholarship and artifacts. The Digital Initiatives Department adds digitizing services that help to extend that story across the Internet.


The Archives of Olivet Nazarene University was established by an Archives Committee in 1967 to preserve the records documenting programs of Olivet and the Church of the Nazarene of the Central Educational Zone. University Archives provides access of its records to its students, staff, faculty, and other interested researchers.


First floor of Benner Library & Resource Center

Contact Persons

Tina Simmons — Archivist
Archives Phone Number: 815-939-5144


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, or by appointment


Requests for archival records, photographs and other information are filled on a case-by-case basis, depending on provenance and copyright restrictions.

Special Features

  • Harold Reed papers
  • Strickler photography collection
  • A. M. Hills Collection
  • Wesley Collection

Digital Archives

For questions about the Archives’ digital program, contact Craighton Hippenhammer, Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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