Digital Collections

Explore digital material from the college's collections, such as newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, and oral histories.

Three College publications are available digitally in their entirety. The North Central Chronicle student newspaper, North Central Magazine (formerly Alumni News and North Central Now), and the Spectrum yearbook are all keyword searchable and available online both on and off campus.

Choose a publication below to begin exploring and searching.

Use these tips and tricks guides to make your search more efficient:

A Guide to Searching the Chronicle and North Central Magazine

A Guide to Searching the Spectrum 

Some Materials May Contain Offensive Content

For historical, archival, and educational purposes, North Central College preserves in its Archives permanent records, which have been gathered across a timespan of more than 150 years. Such records include historical photos, documents, student newspapers, yearbooks, and other materials. The College's Archives strive to make its digital collection resources available for use by students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers, and the general public. Users are advised that some of the digitized materials may contain racist or offensive language, the depiction or description of negative stereotypes, and other distasteful imagery and content. While rejecting biased and racist views, the College and its Archives has thoughtfully chosen to keep intact all materials including those that are offensive, particularly when viewed in a modern-day context. It remains the College's intention, as an academic institution that nurtures a culture of curiosity and values lifelong learning, to preserve and maintain an uncensored historical record. The preservation of all records allows for the honest acknowledgement of the College's history, the scholarly examination of the material and an understanding of the material in its historical context, and the furthering of the College's mission to be a diverse, inclusive, and globally engaged community.

North Central College Historical Photographs

The Illinois Digital Archives houses more than 400 digitized photographs of all aspects of North Central College history. More photographs will be added as they become available.

North Central College Archives's YouTube channel contains oral history excerpts and other video and audio content from the archives.


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