Special Collections

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Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections

The McCormick Library houses more than 235,000 of Northwestern University Library's most unusual and outstanding items and collections. The span of time and material types represented ranges from four-thousand year old Mesopotamian clay tablets to 19th century cobweb paintings to the most recent issues of feminist journals from around the world.

Formats Collected Include:

  • Rare books and periodicals
  • Manuscripts and archives
  • Sound recordings
  • Photographs
  • Video/film
  • Posters
  • Prints
  • Realia


No special credentials or permission is necessary to use our materials. We are open to both the general public and the entire Northwestern University community. We do suggest to researchers visiting from outside the area that you contact us before your visit so we may verify that we have what you seek. Click here for more information about visiting the library.