The University Archives has material relating to Black student life at Northwestern including student organizations, the Black House, fraternities and sororities, student publications, athletics, academics, the Department of African American Studies, housing, performing arts, student activism, and more.
If you are looking for information about a specific collection or topic, search the Northwestern University Archival and Manuscript Collections portal for finding aids.
The guide below includes recommendations for researching specific topics. The lists are not exhaustive as they are meant to serve as a starting point for research. If you are not finding what you need or would like to speak with an archivist about your research project, please contact Charla Wilson, Archivist for the Black Experience, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that the Archives has some material that is not searchable in our catalog. Therefore, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you are not finding what you need.
Recommended materials for researching student life:
Resources to consider when researching alumni:
The list below features links to the finding aids of personal papers of Northwestern alumni that relate to the Black experience at Northwestern University. Personal papers are a collection of documents acquired by or received by an individual that often reflects their life or career. The collections listed below were donated to Northwestern University Archives. Please review the "Conditions Governing Access" section of the finding aid for information regarding restrictions.