Departments in Distinctive Collections
- Africana Collection: Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
- Art Library
- Music Library
- Special Collections and Archives: Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives
- Transportation Library
Distinctive Collections supports the overall mission of Northwestern University Libraries to provide information resources and services of the highest quality to sustain and enhance the University’s teaching, research, professional, and performance programs.
The specific contributions of Distinctive Collections to the fulfillment of the mission of the Libraries as a whole include the creation and management of special, archival, and other curated collections in specific subject areas, uniting rich primary, original, rare, and unique materials in traditional and digital formats--among them text, manuscript, photograph, film, sound, and image--with strong and diverse collections of supporting published materials.
Distinctive Collections is committed to meeting the needs of the Northwestern community by promoting its resources through all available means and through advocacy of the use of primary and special materials in research and teaching. Essential to the accomplishment of this mission is a robust digitization program which develops customized strategies and platforms to make our collections accessible digitally, worldwide and in perpetuity. Beyond Northwestern, the libraries and the archives of Distinctive Collections also serve regional, national, and international constituencies in ways appropriate to each.
Requests for filming and photographing within Deering Library may be directed to NU Library's Outreach and Community Services Librarian Chris Davidson via email or phone at 847-491-4090.