The Sophia Archives serves as the institutional memory of Sophia University by collecting, preserving, and making accessible the database of its materials that contribute to an understanding of the University’s structure and its history.
As part of its efforts to make valuable historical materials available to the public, the Sophia Archives regularly holds exhibitions on the first floor of Building No.6 (Sophia Tower) on the Yotsuya Campus, as well as online special exhibitions.
Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions
The Sophia Archives regularly holds permanent and temporary exhibitions on the first floor of Building No.6(Sophia Tower).
One of the highlights of the permanent exhibit, “The Founding of Sophia University and the Jesuits,” is a portrait of St. Ignatius de Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The portrait is a reproduction of a work that has hung in St.Loyola’s room in the Church of the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuit in Rome, for over 300 years. The portrait is open to all visitors during operating hours below.
Other valuable materials from the collection of the Sophia Archives are also on display, including a bell that was probably used to announce the start of classes when the university first opened, a German textbook from 1921 (*), and the notebooks of students who attended classes taught by Fr. Hermann Hoffmann,S.J., the first president of Sophia University (*).
In addition to the permanent exhibit, the Sophia Archives regularly holds a variety of temporary exhibitions related to Sophia University.
About the exhibition space on 1st floor, Building No.6 (Sophia Tower)
Open: Weekdays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm
Closed: When Building No. 6 is closed and on holidays designated by Sophia School Corporation
For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Web Piloti “Sophia Archives Exhibition Guide” page.
Online Special Exhibitions
The museum also holds online exhibitions on a variety of themes from the wealth of historical materials in the Sophia Archives’ collection.
- Part 1: Message from Sadako Ogata to World Youth, Hope for the Future
- Part 2: The Message From The Pope -Commemorating the first-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s Visit-
- Part 3: 100 Years of Student Dormitories
- Part 4: The History of the Sophia Jesuits and the College of Social Work
Sophia Archives Database
Sophia Archives Database is designed to promote the public access and use of catalog information and digital images of the valuable historical and academic materials collected and stored at Sophia School Corporation Archives, which have been digitized and are ready for public access. Cross-search between the four databases available at the Sophia Digital Archive is also possible.
Sophia Archives Visitor Information
Sophia Archives, Sophia School Corporation
Place: Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Central Library 9F
Open: Weekdays 9:30-16:30
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and holidays designated by Sophia School Corporation
*The closing date and time may be changed for certain reasons. Please inquire in advance if you wish to visit us.
For more information, please visit the Web Piloti “Sophia Archives” page.