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Course catalogs and bulletins
Catalogs for all of NU's undergrad and professional schools, all the way back to 1856, include a wealth of information about curricula, requirements, faculty, and students.
Where did Charlton Heston live when he attended NU? Who lived in Chapin Hall before it went co-ed? What frats or res colleges originally inhabited your current building?
How much have the rules & regs changed over time (hint: in 1927, a female student needed permission from the dean to go in an airplane)? The handbooks also list student groups, curfew hours, and much more.
Student Publications in the NU Archives
Students are prolific producers of publications--newsletters, humor and literary magazines, publications targeted at a specific audience--and the University Archives tries to collect them all --in addition to the Daily Northwestern (NU's student paper of record since 1881) and the Syllabus yearbook. These publications are cataloged by title in the Library's online catalog, and they're in the University Archives waiting to be mined for their documentation of continuity and change at NU, all from the point of view of the students who produced them. Here's a summary of the kinds of student publications held in the Archives:
The student newspaper of record: The Daily Northwestern (and its predecessors, the Tripod, the Vidette, and the Northwestern)
The Syllabus yearbook, from 1884-present
The Purple Parrot, Rubber teeth, and more
Produced by student organizations and residential colleges
Including the shortlived socialist Gadfly of the 1930s, newsletters produced during the 1970 student strike, the conservative Chronicle, the radical Protest....
Special Interest Publications
Newsletters and magazines directed at specific audiences within the NU community
The Scrawl, Pegusus, Helicon, and many more--featuring poetry, original fiction and nonfiction, and artwork