Non-circulating archival and manuscript collections are described by detailed guides referred to as "finding aids". The finding aids in this database describe archival and manuscript materials held by various Northwestern University libraries. Information regarding content, historical context, creation and arrangement of a collection can be found in these finding aids, though the depth of detail varies by individual collection. Some collections may have restrictions on access; these are noted in the finding aid.

Collections represented by finding aids in this portal are housed in the following libraries:

  • Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
  • Galter Health Sciences Library
  • Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
  • Music Library
  • Northwestern University Archives
  • Pritzker Legal Research Center
  • Northwestern University Transportation Library

Each of these libraries has its own location, hours, and policies for providing access to its collections. Please consult the individual library (as indicated in each finding aid) with questions about its collections and about using the materials.

NOTE: If you do not see a finding aid, but have reason to think that the Library may hold a collection you are looking for, never hesitate to ask!