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What's in Andersen Library?

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  • Charles Babbage Institute

    Dedicated to preserving the history of information technology.

  • Children's Literature Research Collections

    Rare books, manuscripts, and illustrations for children's literature; includes Kerlan and Hess Collections.

  • Givens Collection of African American Literature

    African American literature, biography, social science, art, notes, manuscripts, and inscriptions.

  • Immigration History Research Center Archives

    Personal papers, organizational records, books, newspapers, and other original sources documenting immigration and ethnicity throughout the United States.

  • Kautz Family YMCA Archives

    Historical records, photographs, books, and journals documenting the U.S.A. YMCA's work in the U.S. and abroad from the 1850s to the present.

  • Northwest Architectural Archives

    Records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, and interior designers from a region which includes Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and the eastern Dakotas.

  • Performing Arts Archives

    Includes history of theatre, music, dance, and associated organizations in Minnesota.

  • Sherlock Holmes Collections

    World’s largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with over 15,000 books, journals, and a wide variety of other forms.

  • Social Welfare History Archives

    Organizational records and personal papers on social reform and social service in the U.S.

  • Special Collections and Rare Books

    Rare materials ranging from clay tablets and medieval manuscripts to modern printed books.

  • Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

    International collection in approximately 58 languages. Covers all time periods, from a 4,000-year-old phallic statuette from Egypt, up to current editions of GLBT periodicals.

  • University Archives

    University records of faculty, staff, student, alumni, and personal, including organizational papers and audiovisual material.

  • Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

    Community organizational records and personal papers documenting the earliest Jewish settlers in the Midwest, including collections from the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.

  • Upper Midwest Literary Archives

    Personal papers and manuscripts of authors and poets either born in Minnesota or who resided in the state for a significant length of time.

Elmer L. Andersen Library Building

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What's in Wilson Library?

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  • James Ford Bell Library Rare books, maps, manuscripts and other archival material focused on the history and impact of international trade and cross-cultural contact before ca. 1800 CE.


What's in the Arboretum?

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  • Andersen Horticultural Library Collection on horticulture and gardening, with emphasis on the upper Midwest. Approximately 9 miles west of I-494 on State Highway 5. No gate fee is charged.


What's in the Bio-Medical Library?

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About Archives

The books, documents, and artifacts that are part of the University of Minnesota's Department of Archives and Special Collections are among the most unique and valuable cultural documents available anywhere. Ranging from four thousand year old Babylonian clay tablets, to the latest illustrated children's books, these materials are important resources for projects ranging from term papers to dissertations, or just to satisfy your curiosity.

Contact Information

To contact staff, use the staff directory or go to one of the Archives and Special Collections libraries' sites on the list of departmental web pages.