Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.

Please contact ascref@umn.edu for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.


Upcoming events


45th Annual Kerlan Award: Jon Scieszka


The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka book cover


Jon Scieszka, the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and founder of the literacy initiative Guys Read, has sold more than 11 million books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio series, Guys Read, Spaceheadz, Frankie Einstein, Battle Bunny with Mac Barnett, and the recently published AstroNuts Mission One.

Date: October 15th @ 530 pm

Location: Online!

For additional information and to reserve your seat please visit the event page on Continuum.

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter


In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Dr. Irvin Kerlan's first gift of children's books and artwork to the University Libraries, the Children's Literature Research Collections will be hosting The ABC of It, curated by scholar Leonard L. Marcus.

This exhibit has closed but the exhibit catalog is still available for purchase or download.


Interested in purchasing an exhibit catalog of The ABC of It?



Exhibit catalog may be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press or downloaded for free on the libraries' Publishing Services page.




Kerlan Collection newsletter

View the latest edition of the CLRC's Kerlan Collection newsletter: Spring 2019

Newsletter Archive, 1998-present

ASC Events

Learn more about other events from the Archives and Special Collections at Continuum.

The Blue Ox Review

See curator Lisa Von Draseks newest children's book reviews at the Blue Ox Review.