Chicago Open Archives event: Staff will provide behind-the-scenes tours with show-and-tell multiple times throughout the day on Saturday, Oct 8. Visitors are also encouraged to view three exhibits showcasing materials on activism from the Regional History Center, Southeast Asia (SEA) Collection, and Rare Books and Special Collections specifically designed to highlight the variety of items from several of NIU's unique collections. Exhibits can be viewed on the 4th floor of the library during normal library hours from 9 AM - 10 PM.
The open house goes from 10 AM - 3PM and each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.
The Regional History Center is located on the 4th floor of Founders Memorial Library. You may park anywhere on campus for free on the weekends (except for the spaces marked “24 hour reserved”).
The Regional History Center at Northern Illinois University houses three related sets of historical records: University Archives, Regional Collections, and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (local government records). The University Archives documents the history of NIU back to its founding in 1895. The Regional Collections has materials related to the eighteen Northern Illinois counties, excluding Cook, dating back to 1800.