Preserving & Providing Access

The University Archives and Special Collections department of Williams Library exists to preserve the history of Northern State University. Additionally, our goal is to serve as a repository for regional history manuscript material. We are committed to obtaining, preserving, and making original documents pertaining to NSU history and the surrounding region accessible to the public.

Collection Development Policy

The three primary goals for our formal policy are to:

  • Guide staff in selecting, managing, and preserving the collection
  • Identify collections to be developed
  • Keep the public informed of the items kept in our collections

Contact Us

Robert Russell

Library Director


If you have any questions regarding the collections, conducting research in the archives, or wish to donate materials, please get in touch with Robert.

Content within the Northern State University Archives and Special Collections may contain outdated concepts, values, and language that do not reflect those of Williams Library, Northern State University, or its affiliates. Although some may regard certain materials as offensive, the items within the collections are historical in nature and are accessible for education and research purposes.