Northwest University Archives

The Northwest University Archives consists primarily of public documents and photos from NU’s history. Most documents are not available in publicly searchable databases. Please contact the library at if you would like to search the collection.

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Due to the unique and irreplaceable nature of many of its materials, the Archives requests that all patrons adhere to the following guidelines in order to preserve the university’s historical materials.

  1. Please contact the library in advance of visiting. Materials are to be used only in the library under the supervision of the Technical Services Librarian. The amount of materials made available at any one time may be limited.
  2. Due to risk of accidental damage to documents, please do not use ink pens; take notes in pencil only.
  3. All stack areas of the Archives are closed to patrons.
  4. Materials must be handled with care; they must not be written on, folded, or otherwise handled in any way likely to damage them.
  5. Keep the records in their present arrangement.
  6. When handling photographs, patrons must hold by the edges to minimize damage.


Early American Newspapers

Series 1, 1690-1876. Essential newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia. Offers 340,000 fully searchable issues from over 730 historical American titles, focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

The Nineteenth Century Collections Online contains searchable full-text content from a wide range of primary sources. Two thematic collections are available:

World War II Archives

Kirkland Campus access only

The World War II Archives contains over half a million pages of original historical documents compiled from collections at the National Archives, offering a wide range of materials chronicling events during the Second World War, providing an in-depth perspective of military activities while also documenting the lives of individual military personnel on land, in the air and at sea.


OAIster is a catalog of millions of open access digital resources. Types of materials that can be found through this catalog include digitized books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts, audio and video files, photographic images, and more.


ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept.

Other Digital Archives

Many archives have collections that are available in a digital format, which allows researchers to use content from these collections online. Below is a sample of the many digital collections that are currently available. Contact the library for assistance with finding additional material.


HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Much of the content at the Library of Congress is available in digital format. Access online collections: view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a portal for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center

The official archives, research center, and museum of the Assemblies of God. Their website includes over 250,000 digitized pages of indexed periodicals; over 22,000 digitized historic photographs; and downloadable audio and video clips.

Reviewed 2016