Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections

Location: Northwestern University Library

1970 Campus Drive

Evanston, IL 60208-2300

Phone: (847) 491-2895 Fax: (847) 491-8306

Contact: Scott Krafft


Internet address:

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 5 pm; Sat: 8:30 am - 12 pm.

Wheelchair Access: yes, but requires some assistance


Part of Northwestern University.

Holdings summary

There are some 4,000 women's periodicals including a great many lesbian titles, largely from 1965 to the present. Our Women's Monographic Collection contains a wide range of materials on lesbians and a large ephemera collection that also includes lesbian materials. Our Gay Collection is adding historical periodicals (1930's, 1940's ), monographs and ephemera at an increasing rate.

Particularly lesbian materials.

Use requirements

No special requirements.


Research space, copying, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, Internet reference (email/web), and loan agreements for exhibits.
Other services/notes:

Exhibit loans are rare.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions

There are in-house guides to the Women's Ephemera Files and to special single-subject issues of journals, and thematic guides to many of the women's journals generally. Monograph and serial holdings are cataloged on Northwestern's online catalog, NCAT.

News about collections

A Women's Collection Newsletter is published sporadically.