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Ronald Craig (1952- ) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/222

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Scope and Contents

The Ronald Craig Papers (Series No. 31/6/222) consist of one box of 100 photographs taken by College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law alumnus Ronald Lucius Craig, dating from 1971 to 1974, and accompanying documentation created in 2021, as well as an addition of 1 USB drive containing 585 digital photos taken from 1971 to 1976 (4.09 gigabytes).

The documentation includes an item-level inventory of the photographs created by Craig, with descriptions of events, identifications of many individuals pictured, and occasional commentary by Craig, and a timeline of events during his undergraduate years to contextualize and enable approximate dating of undated photographs. Photographs predominantly depict Black student life at Northwestern University from 1971 to 1974, including Black Folks Theatre performances, social events, For Members Only (FMO) gatherings, intramural basketball, FMO's involvement with the formation of the African American Studies Department, Greek life, students at the Black House, and more. Collection also includes 2 pages of written recollections by Craig about Northwestern University professor of sociology Raymond Mack, and Craig's circa 2021 curriculum vitae.


  • 1971-1974, 2021-2022 and undated


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the 100 print photographs has been transferred from Ronald Craig to Northwestern University.

Biographical / Historical

Ronald Lucius Craig was born in 1952, and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He studied at Northwestern University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1974, and his Juris Doctor at the School of Law in 1977. While an undergraduate he was a member of For Members Only (FMO) - Northwestern's Black student alliance, serving on its Executive Committee in 1971, and as Head of FMO's Admissions Committee in 1972. Ronald Craig was the first Black student on Northwestern's Undergraduate Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid. As a student he also worked as photographer for the FMO publication Pamoja People, the student newspaper Daily Northwestern, and the Syllabus yearbook. After receiving his Juris Doctor, he went on to teach law at New York University and Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). In 1982 he moved to Oslo, Norway, after marrying Norwegian criminologist Lill Scherdin. His American law degree was recognized by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice (Cand. Jur) in 1993. He earned his Dr. Juris degree (LLD) in Norway from the University of Oslo in 2006, with a doctoral thesis titled "Systemic Discrimination in Employment and the Promotion of Ethnic Equality." His work has since involved human rights law, telecommunications law, and contract law. He has served as senior advisor for the Equality and Antidiscrimination Ombudsman (a government office under Norway's Ministry of Culture) and worked with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.


Craig, R. (2019, November 15). "The Life and Legacy of Ruth and Walter," About the Author. Barnes & Noble.

Conference contributor: Ronald Craig. (2014). Department of Public and International Law.

Wilson, M. (2022). Stories from the Black House. Northwestern Magazine.

Seldin, C. (1972 February 11). "Black joins admission committee." Daily Northwestern.

"Curriculum Vitae of Ronald Craig," 2021, Ronald Craig Papers, Box 1, Folder 2.


1 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

4.09 Gigabytes (1 USB drive containing 585 digitized photos and a Word inventory document.)

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The Ronald Craig Papers (Series No. 31/6/222) consist of one box of 100 photographs and 4.09 gigabytes of digitized photographs taken by College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law alumnus Ronald Lucius Craig, dating from 1971 to 1976, and accompanying documentation created in 2021.


The collection has been maintained in original order, with photographs kept as numbered by Ronald Craig. The addition of 585 digital photos taken by Ronald Craig between 1970-76 at Northwestern University was integrated into the collection and the original file directory as arranged by Ronald Craig has been maintained.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Available born-digital materials in this collection are delivered to researchers in born-digital formats. Requests for different access methods, such as those not using computers or with the aid of assistive technologies, must be made in advance of a research appointment to Library staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by Ronald Craig in December 2021. (Accession No. 2021-188.) One flashdrive with 585 digital photos taken by Ronald Craig between 1970-76 at Northwestern University and a catalog (inventory) of the photos was added to this collection (Accession No. 2022-101-Addition) in September 2022.

Related Materials

See also: Black Student Life Publications (digitized and full-text searchable) at URL:; Records of Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA), Collection ID 32/5; Records of the Department of African-American Student Affairs, Collection ID 30/15.

Separated Materials

Serial publications also donated by Ronald Craig were separated (August, 2022) for inclusion with University Archives' collection of Black Student Life Publications. This includes:

For Members Only handbooks, 1972-1973, 1973-1974, 1975 and undated, Pamoja People Vol. 1, Nos. 1-4, 1972-1973, Blackboard (1968 January 20, 1970 December 5, 1971 October 23, 1973 June 2), Mjooni Pamoja Kwa-Uhuru, Vol. 1 (undated) and Vol I, No. 2 (October-November 1970), Uhuru, Vol. 1, No. 3, No. 4, and No. 4 [sic - two versions] (1968 November 20, 1969 January 10, 1969 January 24), New Sense, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Processing Information

Oil spilled on the collection in transit. Materials were treated in the Northwestern University Conservation Lab and interfiled with inserts to prevent further contamination. Curriculum Vitae of Ronald Craig and "Three Stories about Raymond Mack and Black Students at NU" were shared by the donor as digital files and printed and added to the collection by processor.

Guide to the Ronald Craig (1952- ) Papers
Natalia GutiƩrrez-Jones
2022 August
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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