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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 pertaining to the history of PNW.

Catalog and Online Museum

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.

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

Online Photographs, Oral History, Sound Library, and Moving Images

Please visit us at our online museum at PNW Digital.

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.

Historical Print Collection

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.