Archives and Special Collections

Cochrane-Woods Library houses the Nebraska Wesleyan University Archives and Special Collections, which consist of documents identified as having permanent informational and historical value to the institution. Included are records produced in the daily operation of the University, as well as material relating to NWU, its faculty, staff, and students, and their activities. The University makes these collections available for research purposes, but sets conditions on their use. View the access policy for details on the use of archives.

Our Mission

The core mission of the Archives is as follows:

  1. To appraise, collect, organize, describe, make available, and preserve primary and secondary resource materials emphasizing the documentation of the Nebraska Wesleyan University
  2. To provide adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of such records
  3. To serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning through the use of primary research materials and provide instruction in the use of those materials
  4. To serve research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by members of the University and the public at large
  5. To disseminate research and information concerning the documentary heritage of the University
  6. To implement records management by formulating policy and procedures that will ensure the collection and preservation of University archival materials.

Gain access to the archives

Anyone with a research interest may use the archives collections by appointment. There is no restriction based on age, affiliation, or type of research. Persons wishing to use the archives collections must apply for and receive authorization. Application should be made on designated forms to the archivist. If the archivist is not available, request should be made to another member of the full-time library staff.

Authorized researchers may have access to holdings except those restricted by law, regulation, or depositor agreement. The general right of access includes the right to inspect the finding aids and to obtain copies of a reasonable amount of material for private study.

Contact or visit us

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Cochrane-Woods Library
5000 Saint Paul Ave.
Lincoln, NE 68504
402.465.2400 FAX 402.465.2189
library [at]

Library Hours

Mon–Thurs  7:45 a.m.–midnight
Friday 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday noon–6 p.m.
Sunday noon–midnight