James Ford Bell Library

The Associates

The Associates of the James Ford Bell Library were organized in 1963 to support the mission and activities of the James Ford Bell Library. Over the years, they have worked on or contributed to projects as diverse as publishing, acquisitions, and outreach. Each year they fund History Day prizes, supporting K-12 historical research, and the Carol Urness Student Writing Award, which supports the work of University of Minnesota students who use the resources of Bell Library. They also are the primary sponsors of the Annual James Ford Bell Lecture, now in its 50th year.

To learn more about the Associates, visit their Web site at http://www.merchantexplorer.org.
To become a member: http://www.merchantexplorer.org/joinandsupport/.


History Day Topical Prize

Carol Urness Student Writing Award

Annual Lecture

Each year the Bell Library hosts an annual lecture, supported by the Associates, by a scholar on a topic related to the Bell collection. In 2013, instead of an annual lecture, we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Bell Library with a special 60th Anniversary Gala on October 30th. More information

Board of Directors

Ellen George, chair
Wilson Yates, vice chair
Marguerite Ragnow, curator,ex officio
Brent Bauer
Ford W. Bell, Honorary Director; ex officio
Jada Hanson
Zoe Hill
Victoria Keller
Jamie Martin
Susan Stekel Rippley
Martin Kellogg, emeritus trustee
Charles Hann, emeritus trustee
John Larkin, emeritus trustee
Curtis Roy, emeritus trustee

O. Meredith Wilson Library
309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Phone: 612-624-1528
E-mail: jfbell@umn.edu
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