Please note: The Archives and Special Collections reading room will be closed March 12-16 so we can move into our new space.  On March 19 we will open our new reading room in the Maxine Houghton Wallin Special Collections Research Center on the ground floor of Andersen Library.


Links are provided on the left side of the screen under "Other SCRBM Collections" to a number of categories that attempt to list many of the collections held by the Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts department. These categories are:

  • Author Collections (consists primarily of book collections that contain various titles and editions by a specific author)
  • Book/Printing History Collections (covers the history of books and printing, graphic design, calligraphy, paleography and other aspects related to printing and typography)
  • Historical/Political Collections (aspects of local, national or world history or politics and may include books, periodicals, and/or archival material)
  • Literary Collections (may contain books, periodicals, and/or archival materials of a literary nature covering a number of authors and time periods)
  • Other Collections (collections that don't fit into any of the given categories)
  • Personal Libraries (the personal libraries of individual collectors covering various subjects)
  • Press Collections (items related to specific fine or small presses)
  • Scientific Collections (various aspects of science or technology and may include books, periodicals, and/or archival material)

Under each of these categories you will find a list of collections, some of them with links to additional information. These links will take you to:

  • a "canned" search in the online catalog (be patient; some searches take more than a few seconds to load)
  • existing web pages for that collection
  • a fuller listing of the collection based on printed/written in-house files

In some cases, (for example, the Medieval Manuscripts Collection or the Papyri Collection) additional scanned images are available of selected items.


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

Libraries catalog

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.