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Limnological Research Center records

Identifier: ua01290

Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative materials, such as annual center reports, correspondence, membership information, and project notes. There are also materials related to research of lakes in Minnesota, including information about lake plants and animals, water quality, and nutrient levels. Finally, the collection contains publications, pamphlets, and bulletins about aquatic ecosystems, climate, pollen, sediments, and vegetation.


  • 1951-1997


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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 Limnological Research Center (LRC), founded in 1959, is a unit of the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences (1). Its primary purpose is to research lakes, in order to reconstruct the paleorecords of regional and global environmental change (1). In 1963, the pollen laboratory was incorporated within the LRC, which allowed for many years of collaborative research with foreign paleoecologists (2). Some of the major studies conducted by the LRC include research about the effects of phosphorus on lake chemistry, the effects of storm drainage on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, and nutrient responses of algae and whole-lake biomanipulation(2). This research is crucial in understanding the negative effects humans have on lakes, as well as how those negative effects can be counteracted, thus improving the health of the lake and its ecosystem (3). Outside of its collaboration with paleoecologists, the LRC has also collaborated with geologists, environmental engineers, ecologists, and botanists, in order to establish a catalogue of interdisciplinary research (3). This research has resulted in hundreds of publications, ranging from 1961 to the present (2).


(1) Limnological Research Center Home Page

(2) Limnological Research Center History

(3) Information File, Limnological Center, Campus Departments, Organizations, and Athletics files collection, University Archives


5 Cubic Feet (4 record boxes)

Language of Materials



These papers include administrative material, research data and reports, publications, and pamphlets all related to operations and research conducted at the Limnological Research Center.


The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series 1: Administrative Material, 1960-1998
  • Series 2: Reports, 1967-1993
  • Series 3: Publications, 1964-2001
  • Series 4: Research, 1951-1991
  • Series 5: Bulletins and Pamphlets, 1971-1994

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was transferred to the University Archives by Sharon Kessler at the Limnological Research Center on February 16, 2015.

Processing Information

Processing completed with funds from the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).

Limnological Research Center records
Amanda Holscher; Katelyn Morken; Adriana Esparza
June 2021
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