February 19, 2013
Gregory Pass

University Archivist to Receive Catholic Library Association Award

John Waide, an archivist who has been with University Libraries for 38 years, has been selected to receive the 2013 Fons Sapientiae Award.

John Waide
John Waide. Submitted photo

John Waide, University Archivist in the University Libraries Special Collections and alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Fons Sapientiae (Seat of Wisdom) Award by the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Catholic Library Association.

A member of the University Libraries for 38 years, Waide has been University Archivist since 1989 and is the keeper of SLU's institutional memory. This award recognizes his role as an educator in the use of original archival sources for historical research and his deep knowledge of the history of SLU and of St. Louis.

"I was looking at some of the previous winners of this award and there are some pretty good people who've won it," Waide said. "I'm in good company, so it is an honor and I appreciate it."

Past SLU recipients to be honored include W. Charles Heiser, S.J., Lowrie John Daly, S.J., and William Faherty, S.J.

Waide teaches and speaks frequently about the University, and is a member of the Association of St. Louis Area Archivists, the St. Louis Area Religious Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, the Academy of Certified Archivists, and the Society of American Archivists.

According to the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Catholic Library Association, the Fons Sapientiae Award is given for "meritorious contributions by living persons or organizations for notable writing, editing, publishing, illustrating, promoting the purposes and goals of professional library organizations, or extraordinary service in allied fields."

Waide will be honored at the spring conference of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Catholic Library Association Saturday, March 9.

The Archives and Manuscripts unit of Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to collections of enduring historical value for research, teaching, and administrative use of SLU students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i, as well as visiting researchers and the local community. Collections comprise university archives (university records and artifacts, faculty and alumnae/i papers, and SLU publications, dissertations, and theses), personal and institutional papers and manuscripts, audio-visual materials, and digital objects. Special Collections as a whole provides a laboratory for learning and research that enables students, faculty, and visiting researchers to engage directly with unique, rare, and original materials. Many of the collections can be found online through the University Libraries' Digital Collections.

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