Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.

Please contact ascref@umn.edu for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.



Established in 1970 out of a grass roots movement to preserve and restore historical buildings, 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. 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