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Mission & Quick Facts

The Archives and Special Collections Department is part of the Northeastern University Libraries. Its goal is to document the teaching, research, community service, and administrative functions of the University and to document student life. This goal is accomplished by collecting the historically significant records of the University. The Department also preserves and makes available the records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that document diverse and under-documented populations.

For information about the collections, see the Collections Overview.

Quick Facts

  • Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as an Evening Institute of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
  • Frank Palmer Speare was the founding president of Northeastern University.  To learn more about Speare, visit the Frank Palmer Speare: Education Visionary online exhibit.
  • The first graduating class of Evening Law Institute consisted of 21 students.