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Daily Northwestern Photographs

Identifier: 75/31/26
The collection of photographs received from The Daily Northwestern spans the years 1975 to 1996, with the bulk of the photographs falling between the late 1980s and 1994. The photographs have a very wide range of subjects and styles, and were taken for many different purposes in the newspaper. The collection provides a broad overview of life at Northwestern University in terms of University and local news, educational, social, and athletic events, and includes many images of nationally-known speakers as well as individual and group photographs of faculty and students. The collection was divided into four broad categories: Events, People, Athletics, and General Files, with the Athletics section being the largest. This division supplies a basic structure for the photographs, which were taken across twenty-one years and were not consistently dated, nor do they consistently have captions or descriptions.

The Additions to the collection (Boxes 10-12) are arranged in two categories: those identified by subject, and those grouped by the name of the photographer.

The photographs in the Events section are arranged and foldered alphabetically by subject and are mostly well-dated and marked. These photographs document events which occurred continuously, like local news and construction, and events which occurred regularly, such as registration. Several of the subjects are broad, like "Local News & Politics," and some are very specific, like "Dance Marathon." Also included are photographs taken to illustrate topics about which the newspaper wrote regularly, such as local restaurants and musical performances.

The People section is the second-largest and contains mostly photographs of individuals or couples who are important to the university, the city or the country, including politicians, athletes, actors and activists. The section is divided into three categories: Portraits, Speakers & Guest Lecturers, Individuals, Northwestern Faculty, and Students. Portraits are arranged alphabetically and consist of photographs taken of individuals in a portrait style, where the subjects could not be described more specifically than by name. People identified as guest speakers or lecturers were filed alphabetically within that category. A separate folder holds photographs of speakers at the residential colleges' Fireside events. Photographs of Northwestern faculty, and identified University students, are arranged alphabetically. Several folders contain unidentified student photographs. Additionally, there are files dedicated to individuals of importance, including politicians, activists, actors, and University presidents. These folders are arranged alphabetically by surname. Most notable among these are former Presidents Bush, Carter, Clinton, Ford and Reagan; alumnus Representative Richard Gephardt; activists Abbie Hoffman, Gloria Steinem and Coretta Scott King; and Kurt Vonnegut and Elie Wiesel.

The Athletics section is the largest in the collection, arranged alphabetically by sport, and within the sport by gender. The majority of the Athletics photographs were taken of men's baseball, men's basketball and football, with a significant number also of women's basketball, women's field hockey, women's softball and women's volleyball. The Athletics photographs, more than any other subdivision within the collection, tended to be poorly captioned; a large portion were undated, and within the undated category, nearly half had no caption. However, many of these undated, non-captioned photographs had the name of the photographer written on them. For this reason, many of the individual sports were divided into three subcategories: dated, undated with photographer identified, and undated, photographer unknown.

The final section, the General Photograph Files, is sorted by date from 1975 until 1996, with several folders at the end of undated material. The General Files consist of photographs which could not be accurately categorized as belonging in any of the other files or sections of the collection. Most of them have thorough captions. The three final folders contain photographs of bicycles and of various objects (shoes, bottles, etc.) that were most likely taken to illustrate articles on many topics throughout the years. Many are dated, although not identified as to the article topic.


  • 1975-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs used for publication should be credited as follows: "Daily Northwestern, Courtesy Northwestern University Archives."


12.00 Boxes


The photographs from the Northwestern University student newspaper, the Daily Northwestern, date from 1975-1996 and depict a wide ranges of individuals, events, and general topics, organized by subject or by photographer's name.

Method of Acquisition

The Daily Northwestern photographs were transferred to the University Archives by Stacia Campbell of the Student Publishing Company on May 18, 2005, as Accession #05-37. Additions to the Daily Northwestern photographs were transferred to the University Archives as Accession #08-93 on July 18, 2008 by Stacia Campbell of the Student Publishing Company.

Accruals and Additions

Additions to the Daily Northwestern photographic collection were transferred to the University Archives as Accession #08-93 on July 18, 2008 by Stacia Campbell of the Student Publishing Company.

Separated Materials

Approximately two record cartons of extraneous materials were discarded. The majority of the materials were photographs not taken by The Daily Northwestern staff, including publicity photographs, film stills and photographs cut out of other publications.

Processing Information

Zoë Streicker-Howard, August 2005.
Guide to the Daily Northwestern Photographs
Zoë Streicker-Howard, Annette Bochenek
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