Collections and Guides
- Papers of distinguished faculty, and records of University departments and student organizations (See finding aids)
- Over 1300 University-generated publications, including the Daily Northwestern, the Syllabus yearbook, student and staff directories; catalogs and bulletins from each of the University's colleges and schools; departmental annual reports; and athletics, theatre, and musical performance programs.
- The Northwestern University History reference collection
- The Faculty Authors Collection of books by Northwestern faculty (mostly additional copies of titles held in the Library).
- Over 600,000 photographs documenting nearly all facets of campus life.
- Films, video, and audio materials
- Artifacts, from freshman beanies to buttons, banners, and ceremonial shovels.
- Over 10,000 Biographical Files on past and present faculty and others associated with Northwestern.
- Subject reference files on the history of the University—buildings, events, everyday life.