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Campus Carnival records

Identifier: uarc 145

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials regarding the campus carnival, including reports, promotional literature and other papers.


  • 1980s


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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

The annual Campus Carnival was established at the University of Minnesota in 1947 as a student scholarship fundraising event. From its inception, the Campus Carnival was an event organized and executed by the University's Greek system.

In the mid 1970s, the "Carni" began to raise funds to benefit charities, such as the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children, instead of student scholarships. During the 1980s, the University of Minnesota Campus Carnival was billed as the largest student fundraising activity in the country, earning between $35,000 and $50,000 each year for charitable organizations. In 1988, the Greek societies at the University pulled their support from the carnival and it was shut down by the University in 1990. Other student activities have replaced the Campus Carnival, including Rites of Spring and Spring Jam.


3 boxes (3 cubic feet)


Collection contains the records of the Campus Carnival student fundraiser at the University of Minnesota.

Related Material in University of Minnesota Archives

Dean of Students records

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics records

Student Activities Bureau records

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Campus Carnival Records, 1980s
Karen Spilman
May 2005
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