From the papers of John Berryman and Carol Bly to the records of Graywolf Press and Milkweed Editions, the resources in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives (UMLA) are integral to the study of literary history, independent publishing, and writers of the prairie. Established in 1971, the UMLA preserves and provides access to the personal or organizational papers of authors, poets, critics, presses, and others whose work has been influenced by the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin). As a public resource for students, scholars, and the general public, the UMLA is open to all.

Detailed archival collection guides are online and in 213 Andersen Library. Please contact Assistant Curator Kathryn Hujda for research and reference questions and appointments.

Upper Midwest Literary Archives receive grant for Prairie Poets and Press

The Upper Midwest Literary Archives (UMLA) have received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant to increase access to the archives of three pivotal Minnesota poets and one premier literary press: Robert Bly, Margaret Hasse, Bill Holm, and Milkweed Editions. The project, Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest, will reveal and provide access to Minnesota’s creative and prolific literary community for researchers here and abroad. For more information, contact Project Director Kathryn Hujda.