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Central Files records

Identifier: ua-00849

Scope and Content

This large collection consists of the administrative files of the University of Minnesota, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1920s-1970s. Large collections of building files, legal records, records regarding salaries and benefits of staff, funding materials and requests, legislative records, and records and information regarding various departments and colleges at the University are contained in this collection.

The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, informational files regarding past University presidents and administrative units, reports, funding requests, speeches, research materials, conference papers, bills, bank statements, materials regarding staff salaries and benefits, and information regarding various athletic programs and fraternal organizations at the University.

Much of the material is in regards to the Twin Cities campus, but building files and other records can be found in this collection regarding the University of Minnesota campuses at Duluth and Morris as well as the Experiment Stations at Grand Rapids and Waseca.

Most files relating to patents 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 funds and patents collections.


  • Creation: 1851-1991
  • Creation: (bulk 1920s-1970s)


Language of Materials

Collection materials 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.


172.0 Cubic Feet (172)


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


Most of the boxes are arranged into various series, such as building files, legislature, and staff. Other boxes retain an original alphabetical subject arrangement. Like materials in different boxes are listed together in the finding aid.

Related Materials in University Archives

Comptroller records

Central Files, Funds records

Central Files, Patents records

Central Files Records, 1851-1991
Karen Spilman
August 2005
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University Archives Collecting Area