Central Files, patent records
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.
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.
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.
- Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Minnesota Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Minnesota. Vice President for Business Administration.
- Central Files, Patents Records, 1918-1992
- Karen Spilman
- March 2010
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
Collecting Area Details
Contact The University Archives Collecting Area