Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact ascref@umn.edu or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

The Literary Manuscripts Collections, established in 1971, is the repository for the personal papers and manuscripts of authors and poets either born in Minnesota or who resided in the state for a significant length of time.

Among the collections is a broad array of source materials for studying the lives and careers of these writers: diaries, journals, correspondence, notes, outlines, drafts of written works, photographs, and copies of published editions may all be found in the collections. Detailed finding aids are available to make locating and retrieval of needed items fast and easy.

A full listing of the collections is available online.