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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.

You can search for materials in the search boxes below, or scroll down for a list of links to collection guides for all of our collections. If you are interested in accessing collections in person, contact the archivist at


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. Visit FAQ page on how to navigate guides.


Libraries catalog: Explore the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog for information about rare and special books, periodicals, and other publications held by the UMJA Archives.


To search digitized content from UMJA, visit the UMedia UMJA page.


Collections are organized into the following lists:


Institutional records

Synagogue records and Rabbi personal papers

Personal and family papers

General and subject collections