Archival Collections

North Park University Archives

The North Park University Archives, officially part of the Covenant Archives and Historical Library, includes the correspondence, minutes, and reports of various University departments, administrative offices, and committees. Personal papers of early leaders include manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, and other documentary material. Additionally, we collect photographs, audio and video recordings, and publications by the University and North Park authors (faculty, students, and administrators).

Digital Collections


Published between 1916 and 2015, the Cupola was North Park’s yearbook and reflects the events of the academic year from the student perspective.

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Historical Photograph Collection

Browse, search, and discover images from the history of North Park and the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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Dorothy Vann Collection of Oral Histories

This digital collection presents oral history interviews that were created by public historian Dorothy Vann in the 1970s and 1980s. Vann recorded interviews with residents of the North Park neighborhood about community life from the 1890s until the time of recording that sought to capture stories about Chicago’s North Park neighborhood’s early history.

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North Park Catalog

Published since 1892, the North Park Catalog has communicated the school’s identity, academic programs, and policies to current and prospective students.

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North Park Press

Published from 1922 until 2014, the North Park Press (originally the North Park College News) was the student newspaper that shared news and commentary related to the North Park community.

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The North Parker

The North Parker is a magazine for alumni and friends of North Park. Published since 1935, the F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections has a complete run of this publication and is slowing adding to the digital collection as resources allow.

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Oral History Collections

The archive’s oral history collections provides audio and video interviews with individuals relevant to the history and life of the North Park University, the Evangelical Covenant Church, and the Swedish-American Historical Society.

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Alva Olson Friendship Book

This friendship book (or scrapbook) was kept by Alva Olson as a senior student at North Park College during the 1918-1919 academic year. The friendship book contains ephemera from involvement with student activities and campus life, including clippings, photographs, notes and signatures from classmates, notes about classmates and classes, and other memorabilia.

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