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MLK Week Archives Exhibit

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Black Academics, Activism and Art at North Central College: 1959-1974

Reception Monday, January 16, 8:30am

This exhibit, curated by Archives student assistants Brandon Barnes and Cynthia Apantenco, focuses on African American North Central College students’ experiences from the civil rights movement in the late 1950s through the development of the Black Power Movement in the 1970s. The exhibit covers the exchange program between North Central and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta, the development of North Central’s Black Student Association (BSA), and the establishment of a Black Cultural Center (now the Multicultural Center) in Goldspohn Hall. The exhibit, which features pages of The Chronicle, documents from the BSA, an oral history from an African American alumna, and other archival material, is located in the Oesterle Library Reference Room and will be on display through winter term.

Illinois Prairie Path Archives open house

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view materials from the organization’s archives during an open house Aug. 11 at North Central College.

The Illinois Prairie Path Archives Open House takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the lower level of North Central College’s Oesterle Library, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

The College in early February accepted delivery of the Prairie Path archives, which previously had been stored in Wheaton. Materials in the collection now available for public viewing include photographs… (read more)

Sesquicentennial exhibit highlights items from library collections

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The exhibit, “North Central College at 150 Years: Selections from the Oesterle Library Collections,” will be displayed from Nov. 1 through Jan. 8 in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The exhibit is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.


The exhibit will include reproductions of items from the Oesterle Library collections, including the Sang Collection, the Arlo L. Schilling President’s Papers and the Harris W. Fawell Congressional Papers. Highlights of the collections include letters written and signed by poet Emily Dickinson and President Abraham Lincoln and a land survey completed and signed by a 16-year-old George Washington.


Schoenherr Gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and one hour before most performances in the Fine Arts Center.

Student Housing – Look how far we’ve come

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Don’t miss the fall archives exhibit in the Lobby of Oesterle Library. The exhibit features a photographic history of student housing at North Central College. When the College moved to Naperville in 1870 students were originally housed in the tower of Old Main. Students were eventually squeezed out of Old Main as the demand for classroom and office space increased.

Bolton and Johnson halls were opened in the mid 1920′s and the first residence hall (Kaufman Hall) was built in 1928. Seager, Geiger, and Rall Halls made their appearance between 1955-1963 and more recent additions for student housing include Patterson and Ward Halls, the Townhomes and the new Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Undergraduate Archives Publication Series

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The North Central College Undergraduate Archives Publication series will publish its fifth monograph, “Inclusive Theatre: A History of North Central Theatre from 1955 – 2008″ written by Nicholas Guido ’09.  Please join us at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th, in the Archives Reference Room (Lower Level, Oesterle Library) when Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian, presents Nick with the first copy of his published monograph.

If you are unable to join us but are interested in reading the monograph please contact Kim Butler, Archivist/Associate Director of Archives, at (630) 637-5714 to receive a copy.  Previous works in the series are available either from the Archives or on the Archives’ website.

Archives Exhibit and Celebration

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Who was the first woman to graduate from North Central College? Who was the first female faculty member? All this and more will be answered at the National Women’s History Month exhibit and celebration Tuesday, March 31st, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Archives and reception area located on the lower level of Oesterle Library.

Join Oesterle Library, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and WIN in celebrating National Women’s History Month with a unique exhibit from the archives documenting women in North Central College’s history! Cake and punch with also be served.