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Information files collection

Identifier: ua01158

Scope and Content

The information files, or vertical files, provide background information on campus activities, staff, and buildings. They are arranged into three groups: Biographical Files, Files on Campus Departments, Organizations, and Activities, and Building Files. Files contain primarily newspaper clippings from local papers, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Minnesota Daily. Articles from other small local newspapers may also be included, as are University of Minnesota press releases, newsletters, magazine articles, programs, and curriculum vitae.

The biographical files are arranged alphabetically and contain background information on University faculty. Famous alumni and staff may also have individual files. The files are not comprehensive and not all faculty have a file. Materials usually include newspaper clippings, curriculum vitae, lists of publications, news releases, obituaries, and information regarding appointments, promotions, and retirements.

Files on campus departments, organizations, and activities are arranged alphabetically. Materials usually include news releases, newsletters, magazine articles, and newspaper clippings. Athletic files document sport teams, not specific games, unless it is a championship game. Also includes files on various campus activities, including research, campus life, academia, and other related topics.

Building files are arranged by campus and then alphabetically. Materials usually include newspaper clippings, news releases, and dedication programs regarding building, remodeling, renaming, and razing of buildings within the University of Minnesota system.


  • Creation: 1800s-2020s


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Access to Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and are available for use by appointment in the Elmer L. Andersen Library Reading Room.


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

Soon after the University Archives was established, archives staff members began to compile "information files" and "biographical files" to facilitate their ability to respond to very specific reference questions.


44 file drawers (132.0 linear feet (approximately))


The information files contain newspaper clippings, press releases, magazine articles, newsletters, curriculum vitae, and programs highlighting the activities and accomplishments of University of Minnesota faculty, colleges, departments, buildings, student organizations, and activities.


The files are arranged into three broad groups:

  1. Biographical Files
  2. Files on Campus Departments, Organizations, and Athletics
  3. Building Files

Source of acquisition

The collection was assembled by staff of the University of Minnesota Archives.

Information Files Collection, 1800s-2000s
Karen Spilman
January 2009
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