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Central Files, patent records

Identifier: ua-00003

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the patent files of the University of Minnesota. The materials include patents, correspondence, and case files regarding patent infringements, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1930s-1970s. The collection is in no discernable arrangement, and folder titles are not always complete.

Most files relating to general records and funds were maintained as separate Central Files collections. Upon transfer of the Central Files to the University Archives, this original arrangement was maintained. Researchers many want to consult this collection in conjunction with the general records and funds collections.


  • 1918-1992


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

Central Files served as an early records management system for the University of Minnesota. The office maintained the University's legal, building, and funding files, along with information regarding the Board of Regents, educational programs and departments, reports of studies carried out, and miscellaneous materials regarding the activities of the departments and administration of the University.


40.0 Cubic Feet (40)


Collection contains the patent records collected by Central Files at the University of Minnesota.


The collection has no discernable arrangement. Some boxes are organized alphabetically. Files on the same subject or person can be found in multiple boxes.

Related Materials in University Archives

Central Files records

Central Files, Funds records

Comptroller records

Central Files, Patents Records, 1918-1992
Karen Spilman
March 2010
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

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