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.



Thinking about volunteering? We’d love to talk to you about your interests and how they might fit our volunteer needs. To set up an appointment, contact tthe curator at

Examples of projects: archive processing, special event staffing, exhibits, mailings, special research projects.



Bell Intern at Work

Interns at the Bell Library exchange their time and effort for experience and learning opportunities. Each unpaid internship is tailored to the individual; we pair your needs and interests with ours. Interns must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students (at any institution worldwide) or must have graduated no more than five years prior to application. To set up an appointment, contact Dr. Marguerite Ragnow at 612-624-6895 or by e-mail:

We no longer are accepting internship applications for Summer or Fall 2019.   I will have two internship positions open in Spring 2020;  please contact me about these anytime after October 21, 2019.

Examples of projects: archives processing and finding aid creation, exhibits, subject bibliographies, special research projects.

Jesuit Manuscript Page

Jesuit Manuscript

Language skills often play a role in the type of internship project students undertake. Archival processing, translation, and research using manuscripts such as this one are common. Students with different skills might be trained in conservation or other other aspects of archival processing. There's something for everyone at the Bell Library!


Student Employment

Bell Student Staff Member

Undergraduates are key members of Archives and Special Collections staff, including the Bell Library. While students tend to continue their employment with us throughout their college careers, we do hire each year. To discuss employment opportunities, contact Mary Blissenbach at

Students receive training in: customer service, rare materials handling, level one conservation techniques, archives processing, MSAccess data entry, cradle copier operation, and general library procedures. Duties may include: paging and re-shelving materials, level 1 materials conservation, peer reference, photocopying, exhibition assistance, reading room monitoring, staffing the reception desk, and special projects.