- 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?
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.