Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Our new publication is now available!

$75.00   Order through Amazon or directly from Itasca Books.

Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the James Ford Bell Library, curator Marguerite Ragnow teamed up with rare book photograher Natasha D'Schommer to produce a lush volume that reflects the heart of the library and the best of the book arts of the late medieval and early modern periods.

Ragnow and D'Schommer invite readers to challenge their perspectives, to possibly change their points of view. To that end, the volume has two distinct parts and one must flip the book over to see the next half.  See the James Ford Bell Library as you never have before!

Finalist for Minnesota Book Awards, Minnesota Non-Fiction Category

Read interviews with the authors and all of the finalists (Ragnow, March 25; D'Schommer, April 6)

Watch the virtual "Meet the Finalists" video for MN Non-Fiction

Finalist for the 30th Annual Midwest Book Award, Arts/Photography/Coffee Table Book Category