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 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.


Northwest Architectural Archives is the repository for the records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, interior designers, academics, and local professional societies from the Midwest region with works that extend throughout the United States and the world. This collection was stablished in 1970 out of a grassroots movement to preserve and restore historical buildings. These records contain drawings of all kinds, specifications, job files, trade catalogs, research, slides, and photographs.

Our archival collection guides list the materials found within each collection. The key search terms are commission name (first owner or original building name), architect, and address (house number, street name, city, state). Not all collections have finding aids; we are happy to work with you as you search for information on a particular item. Please send both of us an email describing your project or request.

Please contact Curator Cheryll Fong for research and reference questions and appointments.

Search our collections:

Archival collection guides

Archival collection guides (or finding aids) are online guides to selected historical records and papers.
Search for digitzed images and other media.
Search for cataloged books, journals, and records.

The Digital Conservancy is the "digital arm" of the University Archives and provides access to digital scholarly and administrative records of the University of Minnesota.

Learn more about the Digital Conservancy.

Contact Information

Cheryll Fong, Interim Curator

Pearl McClintock, Collections Assistant