Benedictine University John Jochman Album (Benedictine University)
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Collection Description

The John Jochman Album contains 345 images relating to the history of Benedictine University and the surrounding area of Lisle and Naperville, Illinois.

These photographs were taken by monks and students at Benedictine University between 1917 and 1923, during which time the institution was known as St. Procopius College, or "S.P.C.". There was also a high school on campus during this time known as St. Procopius Academy. John Jochman, the creator of this photo album, attended St. Procopius Academy from 1917-1922, and was at St. Procopius College from 1922-1923. Most of these photographs are from his time at the Academy, and contain subjects and events connected to the high school, though many are also connected to the College. The buildings and grounds depicted in these photographs served both the College and the Academy, as well as the monastery located within Benedictine Hall. These photographs depict sports, student and campus life, and religious life in an area that, despite being a suburban area of metropolitan Chicago, was then quite remote.

The titles associated with these photographs are the actual titles used by Jochman, and were typically written in margins or on the photograph itself in ink.

If you have further questions, or would like to view Jochman's photo album in person, feel free to contact us via the Benedictine University Library's Archives & Special Collections website at