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Guide to the Santa Clara University Medals and Awards Collection, 1854-1989
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Organization of the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Guide to the Santa Clara University Medals and Awards Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1854-1989
    Collection number: ARTI-Medals
    Creator: Santa Clara University (Calif.)
    Extent: 57 medals and awards
    Repository: Santa Clara University Archives
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Abstract: Santa Clara University Medals and Awards Collection consists of 57 medals and awards, including academic awards and prizes, organization pins, and commemorative medals dating from 1854-1989.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Santa Clara University permits public access to its archives within the context of respect for individual privacy, administrative confidentiality, and the integrity of the records. It reserves the right to close all or any portion of its records to researchers.
    Except for photostatic copies and those materials on microfilm, the Mission Santa Clara Collection may be used by researchers only at the discretion of the University Archivist.

    Publications Rights

    Permission to copy or publish any portion of the Archives' materials must be given by the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Santa Clara University Medals and Awards Collection, Santa Clara University. University Archives.

    Acquisitions Information

    The items in this collection were acquired through gifts, purchases, and transfers from university departments. Accession information is documented as appropriate.


    From its founding in 1851 to the present, Santa Clara University has had a tradition of awarding students for academic excellence, outstanding oratorical and literary skills, and service to the community. The medals and awards in this collection reflect this tradition of rewarding excellence.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The Santa Clara University Medals and Awards Collection includes 57 medals, awards, and pins dating from 1854 to 1989. They include special prizes, such as the Nobili Medal and the St. Clare Medall; ordinary prizes, such as the Religion and Arts Medal and Arithmetic Medal; and organization medals and pins such as Sodality Medals. This collection also includes commemorative medals celebrating significant events.

    Organization of the Collection

    The Medals and Awards Collection consists primarily of individual medals and awards, followed by the following series:
    • W. Straus Collection - 2 medals
    • Barry Collection - 7 medals
    • Commemorative Medals - 5 medals