Using the Archives and Special Collections

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Visiting the Archives Driving/parking directions, housing and dining information for long-term researchers. In addition, there is information about public transportation options:




Using Materials in the Reading Room Learn about the procedures and guidelines for visiting our building and for using archival or special collections materials in the Reading Room.

Archives & Special Collections

Welcome Visitors

Reading Room Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The books, manuscripts, and artifacts in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Minnesota Libraries are among the most valuable cultural documents available anywhere. These materials range from four thousand year old Babylonian clay tablets to the latest illustrated children's books.

Many of these internationally renowned collections have been brought together for the first time in a state-of-the-art facility, named for Minnesota's premiere businessman, statesman, and bookman, Elmer L. Andersen.

Collections in other locations include the James Ford Bell Library (Wilson Library, West Bank campus), the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine (Diehl Hall, East Bank Campus), and the Andersen Horticultural Library (Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN, west of the Twin Cities.)

The links here and the information in other pages will help get you started if you're new to research, and will direct you to your research sources if you've been here before.

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Summer Hours

Our Summer hours are 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note that due to class meetings, group presentations, and special events, the reading room may be closed. To confirm hours for a particular day, please contact the Bell at 612.624.1528 or jfbell@umn.edu. We continue to accept appointments outside posted hours, including evenings and weekends, subject to staff availability and building hours. The following closures have been scheduled for 2016 and are subject to change: University Closed Monday, July 4: University Closed Monday, September 5  Learn More

Sub-sites:

Library Carrel Application for University of Minnesota Faculty

The Libraries have two locations with carrels, Wilson Library (West Bank) and Magrath Library (St. Paul Campus). Magrath Library has a limited number of carrels (nine) for faculty and graduate students. Carrels are intended to provide study space for projects/research work, for which library material is needed. Carrels are not intended to serve as offices, conference rooms, storage space or offices for teaching/research assistants.

NEH Grant: Maps in Books Project

Project Update: Students and staff have been trained, procedures finalized, and we've already reviewed more than 200 books and located 200 maps!
The James Ford Bell Library has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to inventory, digitize,and make available online all of the maps in its more than 10,000 books. This project, Revealing Maps: Preserving and Creating Access to the Bound Maps in the James Ford Bell Library Collection, will make accessible 20,000-30,000 maps over the course of the 3-year project, which began June 1, 2011. When completed in 2014, this map collection will be the largest available online that features maps made prior to ca. 1800 CE.

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1911 Florence Burrell Normal School

City: 
Florence
Listed in YMCA Yearbook for Date: 
1911
AL
1910
University: 
Burrell Normal School
Type: 
Student
Members: 
0

1911 Fessenden Fessenden Academy

City: 
Fessenden
Listed in YMCA Yearbook for Date: 
1911
FL
1909
University: 
Fessenden Academy
Type: 
Student
Members: 
0

1911 Evansville

City: 
Evansville
Listed in YMCA Yearbook for Date: 
1911
President: 
M.A. Davis
IN
1908
Secretary: 
George C. Jackson
Type: 
City
Members: 
214

1911 Ettricks Virginia Normal & Industrial Institute

City: 
Ettricks
Listed in YMCA Yearbook for Date: 
1911
President: 
Chas. H. Coleman
VA
1907
Secretary: 
B.N. Thurston
University: 
Virginia Normal & Industrial Institute
Type: 
Student
Members: 
46

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