Marguerite Ragnow, she/her/hers Curator

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Libraries department
James Ford Bell Library


Dr. Marguerite Ragnow is curator of the James Ford Bell Library, a collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts and other documents and objects that document the history and impact of trade and cultural exchange around the globe prior to ca. 1850 CE.  She also is on the graduate faculties of History, Early Modern Studies, and Medieval Studies, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Premodern Studies at the University of Minnesota.

She is heavily engaged in the teaching and learning mission of the University, and under her direction the Bell Library serves as an interactive laboratory for hands-on learning with primary sources.  She assists researchers in finding the right materials for their projects, introduces students and others to the collection through lectures and  presentations, and gives talks to community groups on a variety of topics that connect to the collection.  She regularly mentors students and supervises interns.


MA Medieval History, University of Minnesota

Ph.D. with Distinction; Medieval History, sub field Early Modern World Trade; minors in Medieval Studies and Latin, University of Minnesota