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Archives & Special Collections

University Archives and Special Collections

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday
Closed/by appointment only

Contact: 918-444-3220
JVL East Wing – Room 155

University Archives

Northeastern State University Archives is the repository for materials that document the history of the institution. The department functions as NSU’s institutional memory by identifying, acquiring, and maintaining records and artifacts of enduring value. University Archives provides services and source material to administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community.

The following types of materials are collected by University Archives:


  • Annual reports and audits
  • Architectural documents, building plans, blueprints, and planning reports
  • Selected general event materials
  • Selected maps
  • Selected oral histories, interviews, video clips
  • Organizational charts
  • Selected photographs, slides, negatives, digital images, and scrapbooks
  • Policy and procedure manuals
  • Press releases
  • Publications, newsletters, posters, or booklets about or distributed in the name of the institution or one of its sub-units, (e.g. brochures, books, posters, magazines, catalogs, special bulletins, yearbooks, student newspapers and alumni publications)
  • Selected recruitment materials
  • Self-studies and accreditation reports
  • Selected university athletic mascot memorabilia
  • Student thesis and capstone papers  


  • Biographical material of key administrators
  • Substantive correspondence of key administrators
  • Legal or constituting documents such as charters, constitutions, by-laws
  • Minutes of cabinet meetings and other administrative committees
  • Mission statements, and institutional goals
  • Reports of president and vice presidents
  • Speeches
  • Substantive memoranda (not daily correspondence)

Academic and Research Units

  • Biographical material and vitae of NSU faculty
  • Proceedings of conferences and symposia hosted by NSU
  • Unit histories
  • Recordings and programs from lecture series hosted by NSU
  • Committee minutes, membership rosters, and final reports
  • Division, college, and unit reports from provosts, deans, and directors.
  • Selected research proposals and project reports, including grant records
  • Selected recordings of speeches and presentations by faculty
  • Substantive memoranda (not daily correspondence)

Student Organizations

  • Selected event materials, including promotional materials, programs, and video/audio recordings
  • Selected memorabilia
  • Legal or constituting documents such as charters, constitutions, by-laws
  • Membership rosters
  • Minutes when available
  • Mission statements
  • Selected photographs
  • Substantive memoranda (not daily correspondence)

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Biographical material of notable NSU athletes
  • Biographical material of NSU coaches and athletic directors
  • Team rosters, schedules, and results
  • Important news releases
  • Selected photographs of athletic events and NSU athletes
  • Selected recordings of athletic events
  • Selected event programs and memorabilia


  • Will actively consider personal papers, collections, images, diaries, and other primary resource materials of alumni, families, and organizations with direct ties to Northeastern State University.

Special Collections

Northeastern State University Special Collections supports the University’s mission and values by collecting, preserving, and sharing Native American materials. The collection focuses on history, anthropology, and language related to regional Native American cultural heritage. The department serves NSU students, faculty, staff, researchers, and members of the community..

Special Collections encourages the use of our collections by a diverse group of users, including NSU students, faculty, staff, and scholarly researchers from other institutions, the local community and general public.

Materials Collected

  • Atlases (selected and limited)
  • Audio Recordings
  • Biographies and autobiographies
  • Books and pamphlets
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries and similar first-person accounts
  • Digital materials
  • Maps
  • Memoirs and other primary sources
  • Microfiche
  • Microfilm
  • Newspapers
  • Oral histories
  • Original works of art
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Professional, personal, and family papers
  • Posters
  • Videos and similar material

NSU Digital Library

The Digital Library is a freely accessible online repository of digital materials held by NSU Libraries. It includes original works by students, faculty, and other members of the NSU community, as well as items of historical interest from the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections.