Photographs of Northwestern University related events and individuals made by Evanston's W. B. Nickerson Photo Company are arranged in five boxes. The photographs consist largely of black and white negatives along with a small number of color slides. The dates of these materials range from the 1940s to the 1970s. Most of the negatives are strips containing two to five one inch by one and a half inch images, but some negatives are of two inch by three inch or three inch by five inch formats.
The collection is divided into two sections. One section contains negatives of faculty, staff and students arranged alphabetically in folders by subject's surname. Photographs of activities, events, and places are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.