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Research in the James Ford Bell Library takes many forms, from reading travel narratives to studying a 14th-century Italian hand to analyzing shipping prices for goods transported to 17th-century China. Make an appointment with the curator to discuss what the Bell collection might have to offer your research project: Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, or 612-624-6895. Languages represented:

Arabic, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Tarascon ( a native Central American language).

Searching the Online Catalog

More than 90% of the collection is included in the University of Minnesota’s online catalog, MNCAT. To search the Bell collection, go to the U of M Libraries’ home page: and select MNCAT Classic. This will take you to a new page. In the maroon bar at the top of this page, select Advanced. On this page, you may restrict your search to the James Ford Bell Library by finding us in the drop down list under Location in the lower portion of the screen. Need help? Contact us at 612-624-1528 or For materials not yet part of our online catalog, we've prepared this pdf listing: Bell Library Auxiliary Catalog

Plan Your Visit

Links to Additional Resources

Early Modern Hub
BIVIO. Texts and Images of Humanism and the Renaissance

Online Databases

French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769-1794

Looking for an image for your book or book jacket?

Images from the Bell collection grace many recent scholarly works, both to illuminate points in the text and to draw readers via the dust jacket. Here are links to a few recent examples: