- Search collection guides (also called "finding aids").
- Go to the Archives and Special Collections department site for visitor information, tips on finding sources, and other useful information.
- Use the list of archives, rare book, and manuscript library sites to find one that is relevant to your research. These sites have staff contact information as well as links to collections, digital materials, online exhibits and other resources.
- Search UMedia for digital images and records from Archives and Special Collections.
- Not finding what you need? Contact staff for help.
What's in Andersen Library?
Dedicated to preserving the history of information technology.
Rare books, manuscripts, and illustrations for children's literature; includes Kerlan and Hess Collections.
African American literature, biography, social science, art, notes, manuscripts, and inscriptions.
Personal papers, organizational records, books, newspapers, and other original sources documenting immigration and ethnicity throughout the United States.
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.
Records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, and interior designers from a region which includes Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and the eastern Dakotas.
Includes history of theatre, music, dance, and associated organizations in Minnesota.
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.
Organizational records and personal papers on social reform and social service in the U.S.
Rare materials ranging from clay tablets and medieval manuscripts to modern printed books.
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 records of faculty, staff, student, alumni, and personal, including organizational papers and audiovisual material.
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.
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
For building information see the Andersen Library Homepage
What's in Wilson Library?
- 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?
- 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?
- Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine Rare and historical works in health, biological and natural history from the 15th century to 1935.
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.