The archives consist of special groups in addition to the university history collection. The special groups are the Bishop McShea Collection, the Salesian Collection, the St. Thomas More Collection, the Kohl Collection, and the Kerr Collection.
The university history collection contains various items that document the history and development of the Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, its transition to DeSales University, and the events that followed. Some of the items that are currently housed in the archives and items that are needed are: copies of all printed material that is distributed such as programs and invitations, calendars, member lists, signs, forms, newsletters, memos, bulletins, brochures, speeches, homilies, catalogs, schedules, minutes from meetings, playbills, catalogs, handbooks, policy statements, statistical reports, correspondence, published and non-published articles and books, photos, videos, DVD's, awards given or received, biographical information about faculty members, planning/building documents, blueprints, fundraising documents, student life activities, and campus ministry activities.
The main history collection is organized alphabetically by category, for example ACCESS, Development, Student Affairs, and Theatre, and stored in acid-free grey clamshell storage boxes. The collection also includes standing files with items such as the Bulletin of Information, Annual Reports, and Student Handbooks. Bound copies of the Minstrel, l'Histoire, newspaper articles from a professional clipping service, press releases, videos and cassette tapes of lectures/events, theatre productions, are also included in the archives. There is a section of old photographs, however, many of them, from the founding of the college to the early 1980's, are unidentified.