University Archives

The University Archives preserves organizational records and faculty papers of enduring historical value to support the university mission and the research needs of academic and administrative units, faculty, staff, students, and others at NDSU and beyond.  NDSU departments are encouraged to contact the NDSU Archives to make arrangements to transfer their records. 

University Archives Photography Collection

The Photography Collection of the University Archives contains photographs documenting the university. Photographs are arranged into six sections: 

  • Campus Activities (including sports)
  • Campus Buildings
  • Campus Departments
  • Experiment Station/Extension Service
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Alumni Portraits

The NDSU Photography Collection is open for research in the NDSU Archives Research Room; NDSU Archives staff members are available to provide research assistance.  A collection of NDSU-related images is available on Flickr. The current emphasis for this collection is documenting campus life, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s.

University Archives Photographs on Flickr

Materials from the University Archives are not available through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact the NDSU Archives for information about obtaining copies of materials.

COVID-19 Collection

In the interest of documenting one of the most challenging events in the history of NDSU, the NDSU Archives has created the COVID-19 Collection. The collection includes items that tell the story of NDSU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including announcements to the university, internal communications from various colleges, policies and procedures created in response to the pandemic, audio and video recordings, signs, photographs, and other artifacts.  Digital items in this collection are available in the NDSU Repository.

If you have physical or electronic items that you would like to donate to the COVID-19 Collection, please contact the NDSU Archives at or 701-231-8914.