The McGreal Center welcomes inquiries from the public. McGreal Center staff offers reference assistance to patrons including help with the use of the archives collections and the center’s non-circulating special library holdings. The center encourages researchers to make an appointment prior to their visit.

Collections Policy

A major focus of the McGreal Center is to facilitate Project OPUS, a multivolume history of the Order of Preachers in the United States from 1786 to the present. The center collects materials that relate to collaborative organizations of the Dominican family in the United States; laity, nuns, sisters and friars. The McGreal Center also accepts items that enhance existing collections, contribute to original scholarship and broaden resources available to our patrons.

The McGreal Center organizes, preserves and provides access to its collections according to standard archival procedures and practices. McGreal Center staff prepares an archival inventory or a finding aid for each collection to assist researchers in locating specific documents or information. Materials are organized according to the collection’s original order and placed in archival containers. The McGreal Center follows appropriate security practices and disaster planning to protect the collection from potential loss or damage.

The center’s library collection holds over 600 volumes. Subjects in this collection include, but are not limited to: Catholic history and spirituality, Dominican Order history, Dominican spirituality, parish and diocesan history, Dominican congregation history, religious life, biographies of Dominican figures, and other topics relevant to research on the Dominican Order in the United States. All items are cataloged in and searchable through Dominican University’s Crown Library Online Public Access Catalog.

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Copyright, Copies and Publication

The McGreal Center does not own the physical and/or intellectual copyright of all of the materials in its archives collections. Researchers should verify copyright of materials with the archivist and director. Copies and/or scans of documents and photographs may be produced by staff members upon request. Copies are provided for personal research needs only. There is a charge for reproduction and scanning. Fees may be waived for members of the Dominican family, Dominican organizations, and at the director’s discretion. To publish an item belonging to the McGreal Center, a Reproduction Agreement Form should be filled out and applicable fees paid. Permission to publish is for one-time publication and does not transfer copyright.

Access Policies
Hours of Service 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday or by appointment.
Photocopying Available. Photocopies are subject to copyright laws. Please contact us for information regarding fees.
Interlibrary Loan Please contact Dominican University's Rebecca Crown Library regarding interlibrary loan options.
Reference Policy Inquiries can be made by telephone at (708) 524-6677 or e-mail
Borrowing Privileges Library holdings are a non-circulating collection. Materials may only be used within the McGreal Center.