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The libraries of Northwestern University provide access to a wide variety of digital collections. The collections have especially strong coverage of Africa, Chicago, Europe, and science. Users may browse or search collections.


Noted nineteenth-century Wisconsin scientist, Increase Lapham, acquired portraits of fellow scientists through the extensive correspondence they shared. This digital collection showcases those portraits, searchable by name or subject.

This digital collection highlights the life and work of scientist, Enrico Fermi, who oversaw the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in 1942. The work of Fermi and his team of scientists led to the development of the atomic bomb that was employed to end World War II. The project includes documents and images concerning Fermi’s groundbreaking career.

This digital project highlights the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer (along with Charles Darwin) of the theory of evolution by natural selection. The project includes letters, articles, and specimens collected during Wallace’s travels.

This digital project provides access to a variety of primary and secondary sources concerning the environment in New Jersey and the surrounding regions. The sources include documents, photographs, videos, and maps, and many are not available anywhere else.

This digital project showcases works by and about Charles Darwin. The primary source collection includes publications, manuscripts, diaries, notebooks, and correspondence. The project also features secondary works on Darwin including bibliographies, reviews, biographies, and obituaries.

This digital project focuses on devices used to aid the hearing-impaired during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special attention to concealed or camouflaged devices. The project explores the science and technology of hearing devices, the marketing of such devices, and the evolution of our cultural understandings about deafness.

This digital collection, conceived as the “Noah’s Ark for the internet era,” features photographs, films, and audio recordings of the world’s animal species. Along with these primary sources, the site provides extensive information on life science, biodiversity, and wildlife conservation.

This digital project focuses on the work of Linus Pauling and the other scientists who discovered the nature of the chemical bond in the 1930s. The project provides access to Pauling’s own accounts of his work, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs. The most unique feature of the site is a day-by-day calendar of Pauling’s personal and professional activities between 1930 and 1939.

This digital collection contains primary and secondary source materials on the history of science and technology. Topics covered include animal and plant biology, engineering, natural history, microbiology, and ecology.

This project highlights a single manuscript entitled The Book of Curiosities, which is an eleventh-century Egyptian text. The Book of Curiosities reflects ancient Islamic views of science, astronomy, and cartography and appears in the original Arabic with accompanying diagrams.  This high-quality digital reproduction includes interactive (mouse-over) access to a modern Arabic edition and an English translation.


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