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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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Finding aids are online guides to selected historical records and papers in the Archives and Special Collections.

Search all available finding aids for all archives & special collections at the University of Minnesota.


Digitized images from the University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections are available through the UMedia Archive.

Search for cataloged books, journals, and records from the University Libraries.

Search all cataloged items at the University of Minnesota.

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.