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Archives & Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections is committed to the preservation, organization, and accessibility of primary source materials that document the history of National Louis University and its relationship to the Kindergarten Movement in Chicago. These materials are made available to the NLU community and to the general public.

These collections include:

  • Personal books and papers of Elizabeth Harrison, Edna Dean Baker, and other former University Presidents
  • Late 19th and early 20th century Froebel gifts, occupations, student work scrapbooks, and rare books on kindergarten education
  • Photographs of students, faculty, staff, facilities, and events over the course of NLU’s history
  • Historic and official NLU records and publications

We are located on the 3rd floor of 18 S. Michigan Avenue at NLU's downtown Chicago campus. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting the Archives and Special Collections or have questions regarding collection material.

Featured Collections:

Finding Aids for the NLU Archives
This database contains holding information for our archival collections. You can search for people, places, and departments to see what we have, or contact us for a research consultation.

Digital Commons at NLU
Digital Commons at NLU provides access to the scholarship created by the students, faculty, and staff of National Louis University. The scholarship here represents the research in education, social sciences, and professional studies. 

Enjoy coloring scenes from National Louis University’s past with images from the Archives and Special Collections. 

NLU Archives Coloring Book.

Statement on harmful language and content in the NLU Archives and Special Collections: 

As National Louis University Archives undertakes the digitization of its historical collections to make available online, we would like to acknowledge that historical materials can inherently represent positions and values that are not aligned with the university’s current mission. Some materials in collections may contain offensive language or imagery, however, the presentation of these materials in their entirety is done to allow community use and access without alteration of the historical record, as well as to facilitate conversations of accountability. If you encounter offensive material or language, contact the archives and special collections, and we will work to update collection descriptions to provide a fuller context. NLU’s archives is committed to creating educational spaces that are safe and inclusive. For questions or comments, please contact


The Archives and Special Collections welcomes donations of university records to enhance our collections. NLU records are all documents produced or received by any faculty, staff, or student of the university.  For more information about donations, please contact us at




    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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