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Brodfuehrer Family Scrapbook

Identifier: 31/6/105

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Scope and Contents

The scrapbook provides a vivid record of Oscar and Vera Brodfuehrers’ student life at Northwestern University, as well as their life and travels after graduation, and photographs of friends and family members (Brodfuehrer and Penberthy). Most of the images are captioned. Images in the book include both published prints (such as pictures from the annual NU scenic calendar), images clipped from publications, and commercially-produced photographs, but the majority of the items are original photographs, probably mostly taken by Oscar Brodfuehrer and ranging in size from 2”x3” to 13”x9”.  Some photographs were removed at some time in the past (as evidenced by captions without photos, or torn spots on pages).

The photographs of Northwestern include exteriors of buildings, group and individual shots of students—mostly in informal situations on the campus, along with a number of images of students in their rooms, events on campus such as the construction of the long-awaited new gymnasium, theatrical productions, and activities during commencement, and views of campus that might have been taken during the Brodfuehrers’ class reunion in 1917 (including a large photo of Harris Hall, built in 1914). Travel photographs range from scenic views of the Midwest to the stately buildings of Washington, D.C.


  • 1912-1917
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/05/2012


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 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.


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The scrapbook, compiled by NU alumnus Oscar Brodfuehrer (1912) vividly documents student life at Northwestern University, circa 1912-17, and also includes family and travel photographs.

Source of Acquisition

Mary B. Dickson

Method of Acquisition

Mary B. Dickson donated this scrapbook to the University Archives as Accession No. 11-114.

Separated Materials

Two songbooks and other Northwestern publications were transferred to the Archives' Serials and General Files.

Guide to the Brodfuehrer Family Scrapbook
Janet Olson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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