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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).
Title:Northeastern University Photograph collection
Date:1903-2009 (bulk 1950s-2009)
Reference Code:A103
Location Code:FF2/D10, FF3/D5, FF4/D10, FF6/D2, Photograph File Cabinets
Extent:60 cubic feet
Scope and Content Note:

The Northeastern University photograph collection documents the academic programs, athletics, alumni, events, physical plant, student life, and faculty and staff of the University. Record types include photographic prints, negatives, contact sheets, and slides. The collection reflects the day-to-day life of the Northeastern community, including the undergraduate and graduate programs, special events, ceremonies, student life, campus and classroom scenes, performances, outdoor events, members of the faculty and staff, athletic events, commencement, convocation, and homecoming.

Many of the photographic prints in this collection have negatives in the Jet Sports Negatives (A59), Jet Negatives (A60), or Office of University Photography (A62) collections. Researchers should also note that some photographs have been digitized and are available online: Northeastern's Historical Photographs.

Historical Abstract:Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as a primarily commuter school with an all-male student body focusing on engineering and law programs. Since then, the University has expanded and now has six basic colleges, graduate and undergraduate programs in a wide variety of fields, and a diverse student body. The photographic collection reflects the history and development of the University from the early 1900s to the present day, including the expansion of Northeastern's physical plant and the diversification of the academic programs and the student body. The bulk of the photographs are from the late 1950s to the present.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in 16 series: 1. Academic Programs; 2. Alumni; 3. Alumni Portraits; 4. Athletics; 5. Division of Cooperative Education; 6. Corporation and Board of Trustees; 7. Events; 8. Faculty and Staff; 9. Mascot and Seal; 10. Non-Academic Departments; 11. Physical Plant; 12. Presidents; 13. ROTC; 14. Student Honors, Awards, and Scholarships; 15. Student Life; 16. Student Portraits.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Speare, Frank Palmer--1869-1954
  • Ell, Carl Stephens, b. 1887
  • Knowles, Asa Smallidge, 1909-1990
  • Ryder, Kenneth G., b. 1924
  • Curry, John A. (John Anthony), 1934-
  • Freeland, Richard Middleton, b. 1941
  • Aoun, Joseph

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Arts and Sciences
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Education
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for the Study of Sport in Society
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for Labor Market Studies
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for Applied Social Research
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Library
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Business Administration
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Computer and Information Science
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Criminal Justice
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Engineering
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Students
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Student government
  • Student activities -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Students -- Political activity -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College campuses -- Massachusetts
  • College buildings -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Commencement ceremonies -- United States
  • Student protesters -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College athletes -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College sports -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College presidents -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College presidents – Inauguration
  • Universities and colleges -- Administration
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty
  • Universities and colleges -- Employees

Immediate Source of Acquisition:This collection was acquired through transferals to the archives from Northeastern's Office of University Photography, Jet Commercial Photographers, and other contract photographers.
Accruals:Further accruals may be in digital format. Contact the University Archivist for more information.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact the University Archivist for more information.
Finding Aids:Jet Sports Negatives (A59), Jet Negatives (A60), Office of University Photography (A62), Northeastern's Historical Photographs.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck with assistance from Britta Abeln and Marietta Carr, April 2005; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck and Kurt Wigmore, December 2009; updated by Dominique Medal, September 2010; updated by Abigail Cramer, July 2011; updated by Dominique Medal, September 2013; updated by Cheryl Ostrowski, January 2014.