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Finding and Using Sources in Archives and Special Collections
Welcome to the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections researcher information pages. These pages will help you get started with general research tips and information about how to find sources in Archives and Special Collections.
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Use the search box on this page.
You are encouraged to consult with staff members about your research. For information about the collections or to make an appointment, please contact a staff member in one of the archives or special collections units.
Staff may be able to help identify sources of information relevant to your interests but cannot undertake extensive research projects. In most cases, off-site research requests can only be answered if they are sufficiently specific.
Know your search options.
Finding Aids. Search over 4300 inventories of sources in Archives and Special Collections.
Important! This search feature does not include all collections. If you don’t find what you are looking for, contact Archives and Special Collections staff.
Tip: If you don't get any results, try terms that were used in the era you are researching. For example, the historical term "hygiene" gets more results than the modern term "wellness."
MNCAT, the University of Minnesota Library catalog, lists some of the books, periodicals and collections.
UMedia contains digital images and records from Archives and Special Collections.
Digital Conservancy provides access to institutional digital resources.
Archives and Special Collections Web Sites may also include lists of collections, links to digital content, online exhibits and other resources.
Additional information you should know.
Can I check out books?
No. Materials in ASC are non-circulating. This means that they cannot be checked out and do not leave the building. Researchers may use the collections in the reading room during business hours.
Looking for the Minnesota Library Access Center?
If you found a book or journal in the library catalog that is listed as “IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr” in Andersen Library, the item you need is in the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC). MLAC is also in Elmer L. Andersen Library, but is a separate department operated by the Minitex information and resource sharing agency.
• To request a book from MLAC
- Click on “Get It” on the left-hand side of the online record in the MNCAT library catalog.
- Next, select the library where you would like to pick up the book. You do not need to come to Andersen Library.
• MLAC information and forms for requesting books from storage are available at Minitex requests