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University of Minnesota Archival Collection Guides

A collection guide (or finding aid) is a road map for a group of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts. It may be a brief summary or a detailed description and inventory. The collection guide describes the origin, size, dates, contents, important topics, and organization of the records. It is a tool to help researchers determine if the records contain material of interest to them and exactly where that material is located.
The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Department of Archives and Special Collections (ASC) collects and preserves an amazing array of materials that support interdisciplinary research. The collections are available to anyone with a desire to explore, discover and learn. ASC supports teaching and learning for the University community, K-12, and lifelong learners, and sponsors an active program of exhibitions and programs that are open to the public.

To access the collections found on the University of Minnesota Finding Aid Database, please contact the individual collection unit or repository.

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