Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections is committed to the preservation, organization, and accessibility of primary source materials that document the history of National Louis University and its relationship to the Kindergarten Movement in Chicago. These materials are made available to the NLU community and to the general public.

We are located on the third floor of the Chicago campus at 18 S. Michigan Ave. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting the Archives and Special Collections or have questions regarding collection material.

Statement on harmful language and content in the NLU Archives and Special Collections: As National Louis University Archives undertakes the digitization of its historical collections to make available online, we would like to acknowledge that historical materials can inherently represent positions and values that are not aligned with the university’s current mission. Some materials in collections may contain offensive language or imagery, however, the presentation of these materials in their entirety is done to allow community use and access without alteration of the historical record, as well as to facilitate conversations of accountability. If you encounter offensive material or language, contact the archives and special collections, and we will work to update collection descriptions to provide a fuller context. NLU’s archives is committed to creating educational spaces that are safe and inclusive. For questions or comments, please contact


Browse the Archives and Special Collections:

Elizabeth Harrison’s Writings

Harrison Fellows Oral Histories

Kindergarten-Primary Magazine

National Louis University Historical Materials