Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.
The Francis V. Gorman Rare Art Books and Media Collection is a collection of rare art exhibition catalogs, artists’ books, zines, illustrated periodicals, and more that date from the 1500s – present.
About the collection
The Gorman Collection reflects an international perspective on art and culture. It is consulted by scholars worldwide, and is available to researchers and classes by appointment. The collection is located in Andersen Library.
A rich source of primary research material, the Gorman collection supports courses with opportunities for hands-on learning.
The Francis V. Gorman Rare Art Books and Media Collection began from an endowment founded in 1987.
About the curator
Deborah Ultan has been the curator of the Gorman Rare Art Books and Media Collection since 2000. She continues to build and refine the collection by working and partnering with colleagues, curators, artists, publishers, antiquarian dealers, faculty, students, and researchers. Her efforts maintain its availability for study and community engagement.