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UNW Archives

The UNW Archives exists to support the mission of University of Northwestern and Northwestern Media:

To provide Christ-centered higher education equipping believers to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world.

In order to support this goal, the Archives collects, organizes, preserves and makes accessible materials of historical and intellectual significance related to Northwestern and its community. This is done in order to:

  1. Document God’s faithfulness in the history of the institution.
  2. Provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, scholars, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the character, actions, and impacts of the institution.
  3. Remind the Northwestern Community of their founding principles, encourage community members to stay true to these values and the ministry, and to hold the community accountable by maintaining a record of activities.  


Hours:  By appointment only, generally during normal business hours.

Phone: 651-628-3358



The Berntsen Library
University of Northwestern – Saint Paul
3003 Snelling Avenue N. 
Saint Paul, MN 55113

Access: students, faculty, and staff of the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul, as well as visitors and researchers may schedule an appointment.

Holdings: W.B. Riley Collections, student newspapers,The Pilot, alumni magazine, various college memorabilia including yearbooks, photos, posters, etc.

Services: Research service is available to students, staff, and faculty University of Northwestern – Saint Paul, as well as other individuals with relevant inquiries. If you are unable to visit the archives, specific reference or research questions can be submitted via email or phone.

Using the Archives

Before Starting

  • Consult with the archivist in person, via e-mail, or over the phone. The consultation will help the archivist determine whether there is anything in the collection that will meet your need.
  • Look over the Collections portion of this guide.
  • Browse the Archives' Digital Collections

While using materials, remember:

  • Items do not circulate.
  • You may only have a pencil, your own paper for notes, and a camera with you when using materials. 
  • Food and drink—including water bottles—are not permitted when using materials
  • To please make sure that your hands are clean before you handle any materials.
  • A self-service photocopier may be used to copy material that is flat and not too fragile. Decisions about whether you may copy archival material are made by the archivist.
  • Other reproduction options, including photocopying, scanning, and digitization are available.