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Photograph of the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry faculty in 1936. Lillian Cohen is pictured front row center.

Meeting Professor Cohen

While working with the University Archives collections to research a recent exhibit, I learned about Professor Lillian Cohen, the University of Minnesota's first female faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.
U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial with retro radio icon

At the Zoo

On this episode of U of M Radio on your Historic Dial take a field trip in sound to the Como Zoo in 1978 and hear a surprising story of an animal theft and why lions do not make good pets.

An act to re-organize

The 1868 Act to Re-Organize the University established the University's mission, an academic framework, and the governance and duties of University leadership. In many ways, these events of 150 years ago are the beginnings of the University of Minnesota we know today.
The dedication program extolled the financing of the Field House, which had been “erected without a cent of cost to the taxpayers for construction purposes.”

Happy 90 years, Williams Arena!

From its dedication as the Field House in 1928 to its remodeling and re-naming as Williams Arena in 1950 to today, "The Barn" has held a special place on campus.
University Archives, Walter Library, 1968.

Gone into history: 90 years of the University Archives

On New Year's Eve 1927, former University President William Watts Folwell wrote to then President Lotus Coffman with a request. I beg leave to suggest for your consideration the establishment of University archives. I have lately...

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Photograph of the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry faculty in 1936. Lillian Cohen is pictured front row center.

Meeting Professor Cohen

While working with the University Archives collections to research a recent exhibit, I learned about Professor Lillian Cohen, the University of Minnesota's first female faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.
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Study 24/7 beginning April 27

We offer "distraction-free" studying for finals - including extended hours and study activities. Use our spaces, our computers, our coffee shops, Chat 24/7 with a librarian and take a break with our awesome activities.
Nancy Langston

Toxic inequities: risk, regulation, and environmental justice in the Great Lakes

Join us as we welcome Nancy Langston, environmental historian at Michigan Technological University, as she gives a lecture in the Program in the History of Medicine’s lunchtime lecture series on her current research on environmental health and environmental policy in the Great Lakes region.