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.

This image of a Chinese wedding from Jean Baptiste du Halde's Description geographique historique, chronologique, politique, et physique de l'empire de la Chine et de la Tartarie chinoise : enrichie des cartes generales et particulieres de ces pays, de la carte générale & des cartes particulieres du Thibet, & de la Corée & ornée d'un grand nombre de figures & de vignettes gravées en taille-douce (Paris, 1735). The illustration, from the James Ford Bell Library's copy of Du Halde, imagines a wedding. The juxtaposition of these two images invites us to think about the story of wedding, but it also invites us to think about the ways in which stories are retold and reimagined as we cross boundaries of time, language, and genre.