About This Repository

In support of the University’s commitment to its Core Theme of “building a caring community and enduring culture,” the NU Archives collects, organizes and preserves a permanent record of the life of the University. The goal is to digitize all archival collections held by the university.

The Northwest University Library staff began working on archive digitization and website development in 2017

Archives Team

Inaugural Archives Team. 2017. Adam Epp, Library Director; Hannah Co, Digital Services Librarian; Clayton Visker, Acquisitions and Outreach Coordinator; Crystal Woodbrook, Student Assistant; Jon Ladd, Student Assistant; Rachel Joseph, Student Assistant; and Abigail Dour, Metadata Librarian. [left to right]

Library Staff

Abigail Dour, library director

Robin Severson, cataloging supervisor

Hannah Co, digital services librarian


Dspace - digital repository software that runs the archives website and data storage

Adobe Acrobat Pro – used to assemble pages into documents and make edits where appropriate

ABBYY Finereader – edits PDFs and converts files to PDF/A format

Audacity – audio editing software used to convert cassette tapes to digital audio


Canon 9000F Mark II – a flatbed scanner purchased specifically for archives processing

Minolta Bizhub c654e – a multi-function scanner/printer/copier already in use at the library

ix500 ScanSnap – a multipage scanner for quickly digitizing loose-leaf papers of a consistent size


NU Archives metadata uses Dublin Core, with added qualifiers.

File formats for preservation





Outsourced work

Precision Audio Restoration http://www.precision-ar.com/ - open reel audio

Greentree Audio Video http://greentreeav.com/ - open reel video

Victory Studios http://www.victorystudios.com/ - 8mm films

ScanCafe https://www.scancafe.com/ - 16mm films