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National Louis University Archives and Special Collections

National Louis University’s Archives & Special collections house NLU’s rare and primary source material in various formats. These formats include: documents, photographs, a/v, artifacts, publications, and digital material. The primary focus of the collection is that of the history of National Louis University, the history of the Kindergarten Movement, education reform in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as NLU's involvement in these historical developments. You can use the search bar and browsing links at the top of this page to find specific collections and item descriptions.

Highlighted collections include:

  • Personal books and papers of Elizabeth Harrison, Edna Dean Baker, and other former University Presidents
  • Late 19th and early 20th century Froebel gifts, occupations, student work scrapbooks, and rare books on kindergarten education
  • Photographs of students, faculty, staff, facilities, and events over the course of NLU’s history
  • Historic and official NLU records and publications
  • Kendall College historical documents
  • Historical Culinary Cookbook collection

We are located on the 3rd floor of 18 S. Michigan Avenue at NLU's downtown Chicago campus. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting the Archives and Special Collections or have questions regarding collection material.

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Phone: 800-443-5522 x3376

National Louis University Library

NLU Archives and Special Collections