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Thomas William Heyck (1938-2014) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/16/25

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Scope and Contents

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 curricula 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 the full extent 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 Northwestern University materials form the largest part of the collection, 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.

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


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


Conditions Governing Access

Northwestern University administrative, committee, and History Department files may contain sensitive materials; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use. 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.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location 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.


21.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The Papers of Thomas William Heyck (also known as "T.W." and "Bill") document his career as educator and administrator at Northwestern University from 1968 to 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.


The papers of Thomas WIlliam Heyck are organized into: biographical materials; correspondence (most ly arranged alphabetically by subject headings; general correspondence is arranged chronologically); Northwestern University academic and administrative files arranged alphabetically by topical headings, then by date); publications (arranged alphabetically).

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.
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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