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.

Help support the mission and work of the CLRC by becoming a Kerlan Friend!

How Do I Become a Kerlan Friend?

Becoming a Kerlan Friend requires an annual donation. There are four levels of membership, shown below.
Student (full-time $10
Kerlan Friend        $25
Kerlan Collector $100
Special Patron $1000

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If you have any questions, please contact us at

Benefits of Being a Friend of the Kerlan Collection

As a Kerlan Friend you will...

  • receive newsletters.
  • receive invitations to all Kerlan events.
  • have the opportunity to participate in interesting volunteer work, such as assisting with preservation, engaging in reference and research projects, writing newsletter articles, mounting exhibits for special occasions and locations, and hosting events and special guests.

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Kerlan friends are needed. . .

  • to act as advocates for the Kerlan Collection and encourage appreciation for and the use and support of this unique and rare resource.
  • to financially support special Kerlan projects, such as he creation of digital exhibits and teaching resources.
  • to contribute and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Kerlan Collection.
  • to help to acquire books and original materials for research and exhibits and to support Kerlan-sponsored and other children's book-related events.
  • to sponsor an annual award for an outstanding research paper by a college student who uses original resources from the Kerlan Collection.
  • to sponsor the annual Kerlan Award, given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection."

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