Faculty and Administrators

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 ascref@umn.edu for assistance or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.


Personal papers provide essential documentation of University history. The University Archives collects the personal and professional papers of senior administrators, long-term faculty, selected alumni, and others whose primary institutional affiliation has been with the University of Minnesota. Administrators, faculty, and alumni such as president and historian Guy Stanton Ford; physicist A.O.C. Nier, and University alumnus and Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug have entrusted their papers to University Archives.

These collections complement departmental holdings and reflect the teaching, research, and service missions of the University of Minnesota. Personal / professional papers may include:

  • Bibliographies or publication lists.
  • Biographical material about the faculty member including curriculum vitae, obituaries, photographs, interviews, bibliographies.
  • Correspondence with colleagues and students.
  • Consulting files.
  • Department and committee records created in an individual’s capacity as a University administrator, department chair, committee chair or member.
  • Diaries and journals, personal and professional.
  • Family papers, particularly if family members have shared in research efforts.
  • Grant and research files, lab notebooks, project records.
  • Photographs taken by or of the faculty member, documenting research colleagues and staff, laboratories, equipment, family and friends (identified photographs only).
  • Professional contributions. Materials documenting involvement in professional or research organizations.
  • Publications (if not otherwise available through libraries).
  • Talks and lectures.
  • Teaching materials including lecture notes, course syllabi.