Archives and Special Collections Web Pages

Archives and Special Collections (“ASC”) is home to the University of Minnesota’s collections of rare books, personal papers and organizational archives. Materials in ASC, often called Primary Sources, include letters, diaries, organizational and business records, drafts of literary works, drawings, artifacts, maps, posters, old or rare books, photographs, architectural plans, audio visual recordings, and electronic records, to name just a few.

ASC is composed of individual archives and libraries (“ASC units”), each focusing on a specific subject area:

Visiting the Archives

Most of the Archives and Special Collections units located in the Elmer L. Andersen Library are on the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The University campus is approximately one mile from downtown Minneapolis and eight miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. There are nearby stops for city buses, airport hotel shuttles, and light rail. There is a pay parking lot next to the library and parking ramps within 1-3 blocks.

For Libraries not in Andersen, check here

Getting to our building (E. L. Andersen Library)

Using materials in the Reading Room

Use of archival and special collections materials is freely granted to all responsible researchers, subject to the following regulations and procedures, to ensure that the materials are protected from deterioration, mutilation, or loss.

Policies and Procedures for Using Materials in Archives and Special Collections

  1. Your first stop is Information and Registration in Room 219 where you will complete a registration form and get an orientation about the use of materials in the reading room.