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Ukranian exhibit and Estonian visitors at the IHRC&A

The Immigration History Research Center Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Alexander Granovsky Papers, and is hosting an exhibit of selections from the papers of Professor Granovksy which reflect his lifelong work with Ukrainians in the United States and the diaspora. Granovsky worked tirelessly to further knowledge of Ukrainian culture and heritage, and his collection provides a wealth of information to today’s researchers.


Bugs: Historic Treatments for Bees, Ticks and Mosquitos

By Sarah Juntunen Student Staff at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine The summer months are upon us, and that can only mean one thing—bugs. At the Wangensteen Historical Library, we have an abundance of material on the topic of insects with accompanying medical advice and historical perspectives Riley and Johannsen (1915) wrote in their book, […]


Primary Sourcery, Kirschner Collection blogs now on continuum

Dear Friends, We are writing to welcome you to the new home of Primary Sourcery and the Kirschner Cookbook Collection blogs. These blogs have joined the continuum family to consolidate our communications with you. continuum is the online source for News and Events about the University of Minnesota Libraries. If you have received Primary Sourcery […]


New Publication Uses Archived Art

by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator Children’s Literature Research Collections  One of the lesser-known roles of the Children’s Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is loaning materials to other institutions. While the CLRC loans to a variety of organizations, including other museums and archives to show at exhibits, one of the most significant groups we loan to is […]


YMCA Publishing Work with Russian Emigres: Preserving Culture in the Midst of Chaos

Melanie Doherty, a Project Archives Research and Reference Assistant at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, created an exhibit that narrates a story of the life of the Russian exile after the Russian Revolution and the importance of of reading material to those exiles.

Arvid Nelsen

Workshop promotes preservation of computing history

The U’s Charles Babbage Institute hosted the Association for Computing Machinery By Arvid Nelsen, Archivist, Charles Babbage Institute and Electronic Records Strategist The hush that fell over the room was short-lived. Sample boxes from the collections at the Charles Babbage Institute were on the tables and workshop participants immediately concentrated on them. Almost as suddenly, however, […]


Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Arbuthnot Lecture online!

by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections Writer, editor, and publisher Andrea Davis Pinkney presented the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture on May 3, 2014 at the University of Minnesota, hosted by the Children’s Literature Research Collections. The complete lecture – “Rejoice the Legacy!” — is now available on YouTube. Ms. Pinkney is a […]


Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places

By Daniel Necas, Archivist, Immigration History Research Center Archives An invitation to a workshop (and a kind offer by the organizers from Coventry University to cover expenses) brought me to Europe for a couple of weeks in March. It was my first time of travelling to Omagh, Northern Ireland, where I was to meet with […]


On the Road with Sherlock Holmes

by Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections This past October one of our Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections attended the premiere of “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland. I was very […]


“Discovering Treasures: Materials found in collections that are in process or have been recently processed in the Manuscripts Division”

by Christine Avery, Archives Assistant and Kate Hujda, Assistant Archivist/Processor As spring slowly makes its way to Minnesota, the Manuscripts Division decided it was time to take down our “Winter in the Archives” exhibit in place of a more spring-like display. The recent hire of two new staff members, as well as additional student workers, has allowed the Manuscripts […]