F. M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections


Past Exhibits

Cultivating Great Intellects & Great Hearts: North Park University’s Quasquicentennial

Explore North Park University's 125 years by tracing its evolution from a Covenant school in Minneapolis to a university in Chicago through narrative, photographs, artifacts, and publications from the North Park University Archives. The exhibit can be viewed in the Johnson Center balcony.

St. Ansgarius 1920 interior

St. Ansgarius Artifacts: Under One Roof Again

St. Ansgarius Episcopal Church was the first Swedish congregation in Chicago (est. 1849), and its records are significant to both the city and Scandinavian American history for the role the church played in the fledgling immigrant community and for their survival of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. This exhibit celebrates the recent conservation and digitization of the church records (1849-1896) and features remaining artifacts from the early years of St.

Alva Olson Friendship Book

This exhibit presents selected pages from the Friendship Book of Alva Olson (A'19), in which she recorded her senior year at North Park's Academy.

The Cupola 1916-2015

First published in 1916, The Cupola is the yearbook of North Park University. Presented in celebration of the university's 125th anniversary, this exhibit provides glimpses of the what you can find browsing through a century of yearbooks.

Learn of Me and Bob Dylan Political Cartoons

1969 North Park Press Political Cartoons

The 1960s were exciting years for young people, and North Park students were no exception. A series of political cartoons from the 1968-69 North Park Press exemplifies the political awareness and expression of the time. Take a moment during this election season to browse through the political expressions of a different era. Posters of these cartoons are on display in the second floor gallery space at Brandel Library. See the original sources in the archives' digital collections.

Dalkullan Publishing & Importing Company

Dalkullan Publishing and Importing Company

From 1895 to 1972, Dalkullan provided books, steamship tickets, cigars, and more to the surrounding community on Clark Street. This exhibit presents a sampling of the shop's records and merchandise.

Seeds that Could Grow: The Evolving Campus of North Park University

In a description of North Park's earliest days, David Nyvall wrote, “It was a humble enterprise, to be sure. . . . But humble as was the beginning, it contained seeds that could grow.” This exhibit traces the growth of North Park's campus from those humble beginnings to the present.

a science classroom in Old Main (1930)

The Story of Science at North Park University

This photograph exhibition displays images of North Park's science facilities through the decades.

Scrapbook Judith Peterson China

Judith Peterson Scrapbook Exhibit

This exhibition presents images of pages from a scrapbook kept by Covenant missionary nurse Judith Marie Peterson during her service in China in the early 1930s.

David Nyvall Lovisa Nyvall

David Nyvall: 150 years young

This exhibit introduces the life and work of the founding president of North Park University in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Come Into Our Kitchens, 1943

10,000 Casseroles: Covenant Cookbooks Through the Years

This exhibit features nearly forty cookbooks published by Covenant congregations and other communities between 1932 and 1988.


In Praise of Hymnody: Music in Covenant Worship

This exhibit displays a chronology of song books, hymnals, and biographies of hymnists to illustrate the hymn tradition in worship in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

North Branch and Pegasus: Campus Literary Annuals

Explore North Park University’s legacy of student literary and art publication through this exhibition of poetry and short fiction about Chicago and cover art published between 1930 and 2012 in the campus literary annuals North Branch and Pegasus.

Girl playing paino

Jul and Yule: Swedish and Swedish-American Christmas Serials

This exhibit features Christmas books and magazines from publishers in Sweden and Swedish-America, an important holiday tradition that began in Sweden in the early twentieth century.

Surgery photo

Tradition of Care

An exhibition of photographs, artifacts, and ephemera tracing the history of nursing education at North Park University and in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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