Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.
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:

Andersen Horticultural Library
The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature
Charles Babbage Institute
Children's Literature Research Collections
Immigration History Research Center Archives
James Ford Bell Library
Kautz Family YMCA Archives
Literary Manuscripts Collections
Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
Northwest Architectural Archives
Performing Arts Archives
Rare Books and Special Collections
Sherlock Holmes Collections
Social Welfare History Archives
The Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
University of Minnesota Archives
Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine
The following department has been reorganized:
Special Collections and Rare Books Please use the links above to to connect to former Special Collections and Rare Books libraries.