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College of Liberal Arts papers

Identifier: 888; 889; 2005-26

Scope and Content

The collection contains departmental reports, correspondence, committee meeting reports, correspondence, minutes, materials regarding campus buildings, faculty information and personnel files, and other administrative papers.


  • 1936-1981


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the College of Liberal Arts papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

The forerunner of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota was the College of Science, Literature and the Arts (SLA), which was established in 1869. In 1962, in an effort to strengthen the liberal arts education and to better integrate the science and technology courses, SLA was reorganized. Departments in the physical sciences, including astronomy and geology were aligned with the Institute of Technology and SLA was renamed the College of Liberal Arts. The College of Liberal Arts is the largest college at the University of Minnesota, enrolling approximately 14,000-16,000 students annually.


109 boxes (141.7 linear feet)


Collection contains the administrative papers of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a partial contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The collection was transferred to University Archives beginning in the 1960s through 2005.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

University of Minnesota. College of Science, Literature and the Arts papers

University of Minnesota. Senate. Committee on Education papers

College of Liberal Arts papers, 1936-1981
Karen Spilman
July 2005
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