The NDSU Archives actively seeks out collections in all formats that enhance its holdings on the history of North Dakota and its people. Its collections include extensive manuscript holdings, over 20,000 volumes related to North Dakota, one of the most extensive photograph collections in the state, as well as maps, audio-visual and other media. The University Archives focuses on non-current records generated by university units as well as of the NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service. It also preserves the papers of former faculty members. Among its holdings are the first minute books of the College Council from October 1890 forward; copies of the Spectrum (student newspaper) from 1896 to present;  extensive photographs, negatives and slides for the university and experiment station; and a collection of over 20,000 glass plate negatives for the university and state primarily from the 1920s and 1930s.