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Somethin' to Write Home About: NIU Writes

An exhibit featuring letters from the Regional History Center Collections

NIU Writes

Northern Illinois University was chartered in 1895 as Northern Illinois State Normal School. Letters exchanged between President Cook and students during NIU’s early years demonstrate that although more than a century has passed, the correspondence is similar to that sent by today's students, faculty, and staff.  The authors of these century-old letters wrote of weight loss, relationships, and receiving money from parents. The campus is much different now--Northern has progressed from being a college with an enrollment of just 173 students to a university with over 23,850 enrolled students—but the topics of conversation continue to have abiding themes.