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 ascref@umn.edu 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.


Archival collection guides

Use collection guides (or finding aids) that describe a collection of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts to locate material for your research. The guide may be a brief summary or a detailed description and inventory.
Search digitized images, maps, films and videos, audio tapes, rare volumes and publications, and select items from archival collections.
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Explore the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog for information about rare and special books, periodicals, and other publications held by UMJA.


The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives houses materials documenting the lives of Jewish communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Collections in the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives are open to the public and accessible at Elmer L. Andersen Library, part of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.


The collections document the activities of Upper Midwest Jewish communities in creating and supporting ethnic and religious communities and advocacy organizations, as well as their efforts to promote social welfare and social justice. Materials include institutional administrative records, synagogue records, rabbi personal papers, family papers, correspondence, personal publications, scrapbooks, moving images and photographs.