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Office of the University Attorney Tax Exemption Cases

Identifier: 53/2

Scope and Contents

This series includes copies of an article published in the Evanston Review (1954) which gives an overview of tax exempt property in Evanston, an information sheet on tax exempt property in Evanston published by the League of Women Voters (1949), a statement by Northwestern University on its tax exempt status (1964), and a copy of the Evanston City Ordinance proposing a thirty dollar tax on Northwestern students (1972).

The collection also includes clippings from local papers which chronicle Northwestern's long struggle to maintain its tax exempt status as well as the history of Evanston's attempt in 1972 to tax students. The bulk of the material in the series consists of copies of the legal briefs concerning litigation initiated by Northwestern to defend its tax exempt status between the years 1875 and 1908.


  • 1875 - 1972
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1875 - 1908


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Northwestern University is a private, not-for-profit institution created by Charter by the State of Illinois in 1851. This series contains documentation of Northwestern's long struggle to maintain its tax exempt status.


The folders in this collection are arranged in a broadly chronological order, preceded and followed by additional materials.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information


Guide to the Office of the University Attorney Tax Exemption Cases
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US