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About this collection

The Cline Library serves as the home for the archives of Northern Arizona University. The photographs, records, and oral histories available online capture the story of over 100 years of higher education in northern Arizona. Northern Arizona Normal School opened its doors on September 11, 1899 with twenty-three students, one professor, and two copies of Webster's International Dictionary bound in sheepskin. Today, NAU's diverse enrollment ranks in the top 4 percent of schools and colleges in the nation. NAU serves approximately 25,000 students statewide; the full-time faculty number 800 strong; and the Cline Library provides access to 1.5 million items and over 25,000 journals. It is a great success story. To learn more, explore the Northern Arizona University: Portrait of a Century exhibit.