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Thomas William Heyck (1938-2014) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/16/25
The Thomas William Heyck papers fill 29 boxes and span the years 1966 to 2007.  They include biographical materials, correspondence, Northwestern University academic and administrative files, and materials relating to Heyck’s publications.

The biographical materials include several copies of Heyck's curriculum vitae.  They also include news clippings relating to the Heyck lectures, to Heyck's service as head of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience, and to other university administrative work such as Heyck's service as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The correspondence files, filling more than six boxes, cover a time span measuring the length of Heyck's professional career.  These files include correspondence with academic colleagues both in and outside of the Northwestern community, correspondence with current and former students, including dissertation advisees, and correspondence with other individuals and organizations. The files are organized alphabetically by subject headings.  A few folders of general correspondence are arranged chronologically.

The Northwestern University materials form the greatest part of the series, about 20 boxes, and include correspondence, reports, and other pertinent items relating to the History Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Residential College system, particularly the Humanities Residential College (also known as Chapin House).  They also include materials relating to the various committees and task forces on which Heyck served.  In particular, they reflect his work both as chair and as director of Undergraduate Studies of the History Department.  The Northwestern University files are arranged alphabetically by topical headings.  Multiple files on any given topic are arranged thereafter according to chronology.

While the publications files include, in some cases, materials such as from various journals, they are heavily tilted towards correspondence and research or review materials related to Heyck's published work.  Note that there are in some cases related files in the correspondence section of the papers.


  • 1966-2007
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/02/2008


Conditions Governing Access

Northwestern University administrative, committee, and History Department files may be used only with permission of the University Archivist. Correspondence files, which in some cases contain privileged private information related to students or former students of Thomas William Heyck, may also only be used with the same restrictions.


21.00 Boxes


The Papers of Thomas William (also known as “T.W.” and “Bill”) Heyck document his career as educator and administrator at Northwestern from 1968-2007. A scholar of British and Irish history, he was also involved in significant campus committee work, including establishing the Residential College system and chairing the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience.

Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Thomas William Heyck on February 4, 2008.
Guide to the Thomas William Heyck (1938-2014) Papers
Michael Schoenberger; February, 2008.
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