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Henry Scholberg papers

Identifier: ua00497

Scope and Content

The collection contains personal papers, including manuscript materials and photographs, clipping and maps of India. It does not document Scholberg's role in the human starvation study conducted by Dr. Ancel Keys.


  • Creation: undated, 1880s-1980s


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Access to Materials

This collection is stored at an off-site facility and requires 3-5 business days for retrieval. Email to request access. Do not make travel arrangements or plans to visit Andersen Library without making prior arrangements with University Archives staff.


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.

Biographical Sketch of Henry Scholberg (1921-2012)

Henry Scholberg, B.A. University of Illinois (1943); B.S. University of Minnesota (1954); M.A. University of Minnesota (1962). Librarian, Columbia Heights High School (1954-1961). Librarian, Ames Library of South Asia (1961-1986), Instructor (1961-1966), Assistant Professor (1966-1974), Associate Professor (1974-1979), and Professor (1979-1986), University of Minnesota.

Henry Scholberg was born May 29, 1921 in Darjeeling, India. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in History (1943), and from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Social Sciences (1954) and an M.A. in Library Science (1962).

Professor Scholberg first came to the University of Minnesota in 1944 as a participant in the Minnesota Experiment in Human Starvation conducted by the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene. And after serving as a librarian and an athletic coach at Columbia Heights High School in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, he returned to the University in 1961 as a librarian and the first director of the Ames Library of South Asia. The library had recently been donated to the University of Minnesota Libraries by its founder, Charles Lesley Ames. Professor Scholberg was promoted from instructor to assistant professor and associate professor and then full professor in 1979. He held the position of Director of the Ames Library until his retirement in 1986 as professor emeritus.

During Professor Scholberg’s 25-year tenure at the Ames Library, the collection grew from 25,000 to over 105,000 volumes, maps, newspapers, microfilm, and microfiche covering the social sciences and humanities of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Professor Scholberg was a noted author of bibliographies, articles, reviews, and papers on India.

Henry Scholberg died August 4, 2012 in New Brighton, Minnesota.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2)


Collection contains the papers of Henry Scholberg, professor and librarian of the Ames Library of South Asia at the University of Minnesota.

Physical Location

Off-site (WBOB)

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on December 11, 1979. Subsequent donations were made to the collection on June 20, 1981 and March 24, 1987.

Related Materials

Materials regarding the Ames Library of South Asia are located in the Libraries Records.


Henry Scholberg papers, undated, 1880s-1980s
Karen Spilman
May 2005
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

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