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Purdue University Northwest Archives and Special Collections

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Archives and Special Collections mission is to identify, collect, preserve, and make accessible to researchers materials of enduring value that document the history, culture, scholarship, advancements, and achievements of

Our Catalog

Finding Manuscripts & Other Archival Collections                                      

Researchers use tools called "finding aids" to determine which archival records will provide information about their research topics. The finding aids on our website each describe a different archival collection. This description may be a paragraph that explains who created the records or summarizes the collection, and may be followed by a more detailed list of folders. To find an archival collection:

Visit our Archive and Special Collection Page, and click on the name of a collection to see the full finding aid.

Most finding aids will provide you with a list of boxes and the names of the folders they contain. The folder names are your best clue to what you will find in the collection.

Once you've found a collection to you'd like to see, write down the name, and which boxes in the collection seem most interesting. Bring this information to Special Collections, or email us for a copy at

Our Online Photos

Please visit us at our online museum at PNW Digital

This is a new site as of January 2018.  Our hopes for this online museum is to have unique displays that capture the history of our university, past and present and "The Region" that it serves. 


Our Digital Media

Coming Soon.

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