The Mission of Purdue University Northwest Archives and Special Collections is to identify, collect, preserve, and make materials of value that document the history, culture, scholarship, advancements, people, and achievements of the university’s faculty, staff, and students accessible to researchers.
What is an Archive and Special Collection?
Our department holds books, documents, photographs and other items that are important to Purdue University Northwest history. Many of these resources are irreplaceable, so our policies and procedures are different from the rest of the University Library.
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:
Click below to explore our Finding Aids
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 Joseph Coates or Alan McCafferty
Online Photographs, Oral History, Sound Library, and Moving Images
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. We use Omeka, which is a free, open source content management system for online digital collections. We will be adding to these collections, so please check back frequently for changes. Click below to find our digital museum.
Historic Print Collection
We currently have an online digital collection of historic print online. Through a partnership with the Internet Archives, this collection of almost 1,300 items and round 35,000 pages makes a large collection of our history available world wide.
The Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central student newspapers digitized and available online. These collections give the history of both universities through the eyes of our students.
We also have our Historic Course Catalogs, Literary Journals, and Self Studies available.
Historic Press Releases
This collection is a directory of the historic press releases from Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet. This directory is not yet complete, so please ask if you need anything not listed. These are arranged chronologically and by title.