The collections of the NDSU Archives are made up of two distinct components, the Institute for Regional Studies Archives and the NDSU University Archives. The Institute for Regional Studies Archives primarily collects documents, photographs, publications and other items focusing on the history of North Dakota and its people. The NDSU University Archives focuses on the records, photographs, publications and artifacts of the university that have been determined to have archival value. This includes the NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service.