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.

The Kerlan Collection

The largest and founding collection within the CLRC, the Kerlan Collection contains original art and manuscripts for 1700 authors and illustrators, as well as books, including signed first editions.

John P. Borger Comic Book Collection

The Borger Collection is home to over 40,000 comic books, as well as magazines, fantasy and sci-fi novels, and a small number of figurines.

Denis R. Rogers / Edward S. Ellis Collection

The Ellis Collection holds a large number of dime novels and other materials related to the writing career of Edward S. Ellis and his contemporaries. 

George Hess Collection

The Hess Collection holds primarily inexpensive, popular literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as story papers, dime novels, series books, Big Little Books, pulps, and comic books.

Laura J. Musser Oziana Collection

The Oz Collection is a personal collection of Oziana, other Baum-related materials, and miscellaneous children's literature collected by Laura Jane Musser throughout her lifetime.

Paul Bunyan Collection

The Paul Bunyan Collections contains books, pamphlets, archival materials, and other items related to the history of the legendary figure.

Lionel Johnson Collections

Collector Lionel Johnson donated several extensive book collections to the CLRC, including books related to Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and pirates.

Mixed media illustration from José! Born to Dance by Raúl Colón

Original dummy: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith