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The Black Experience at Northwestern University: Getting Started: Guide to Archival Research

The Black Experience at Northwestern University

Black Folks Theatre, 1977

Hunger Strike, 1969

Jan Carew, Professor of African American Studies, circa 1970s

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 1928

Welcome to the LibGuide for the Black Experience at Northwestern University

The purpose of this guide is to support researchers with archival material from Northwestern University Archives relating to the history and presence of black students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Northwestern University. 

The Northwestern University Archives houses records, publications, photographs, and other materials pertaining to every aspect of Northwestern’s history, including the papers of faculty and alumni, student organizations, and department and administrative records. The Archives' holdings are non-circulating and are open to the public for research, reference, and instruction.  

Planning a visit to Northwestern University Archives

The best way to request archival material or research consultation is to send an email to or call at 847-491-2928. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment as some collections take 24-48 hours to retrieve. 

University Archives is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am - 5 pm. Closed on weekends and Library holidays. See the hours page for more information. If possible, please let us know what time you plan to arrive for your visit. 

University Archives is located in Room 110 on Deering Library Level 1, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. If you are not affiliated with Northwestern, be prepared to show identification at the welcome desk. 

While at the Archives, you can make copies with your phone, iPad, or digital camera. We also have a document scanner (free) that scans to your flash drive, Google-Drive, or email.

Archivist for the Black Experience

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Charla Wilson
Archivist for the Black Experience

University Archives
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2928