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University Libraries Archives & Special Collections on the scoreboard! Photo courtesy of Brenda Oare.

Happy 10 years, TCF Bank Stadium!

Celebrating 10 years of TCF Bank Stadium with a look back at the University's Memorial Stadium.
Five Welcome Week buttons from the years 1932, 1947, 1962, 1964 & 1973

Welcome Week

Freshman Week began at the University of Minnesota in 1926. As a way to welcome everyone to campus for the start of the academic year, University Archives would like to share glimpses of Freshman Week and Welcome Week from our collections.
U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial with retro radio icon

Women on the Air: Geraldine Ferraro visits Minnesota

Four months after the 1984 presidential election, Geraldine Ferraro visited Minnesota where she was greeted by a large and receptive audience as the guest speaker for the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  Interest was so great that after full capacity was reached in Northrop Auditorium, accommodations were made for a screening at Williams Arena on campus. The speech was also broadcast live on KUOM radio stations throughout the Twin Cities.
The 1927 Report of the Comptroller featured a detailed outline of the University’s General Accounting System, including a description of how tabulating or punch cards are used.

The Power of the Punch Card (and the Punch Card Operator)

Machines and people have been working together for decades, perhaps more than you had thought, to keep University information technology systems running. The people operating punch card and tabulating machines, the majority of whom were women, most likely did not see their role as one of managing information technology.
U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial with retro radio icon

Women on the Air: People Worth Hearing About

The program series People Worth Hearing About originated with The Minnesota School of the Air director, Betty Girling. The series first aired in 1969. In this episode, a feature on Maria Sanford is highlighted along with the behind-the-scenes decisions on how to produce the script.

Latest News from the Libraries

Mickey Hafertepe

Helping radiology students see 2D medical images in 3D anatomy

Michael (Mickey) Hafertepe supports medical education as a radiology resident at the UMN Medical School. Working closely with students, Hafertepe has gained insights into the learning process and the challenge of translating health information into medical practice.  Learn how Hafertepe is using 3D printing to help students understand spatial relationships of medical imaging when they are viewing three dimensional anatomy on a two dimensional screen.

What the Dogs Have Taught Me

 About the First Fridays Series First Fridays is a series of intellectually stimulating talks made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. and...
Minute Earth

‘Gotta Minute’ event is Oct. 14

Meet the creators of MinuteEarth and Hot Mess — Professor Peter Reich and his son, Alex Reich — and learn how they are working to foster a love for science and better stewardship of our planet through short and engaging online science videos. This FREE event (reservations required) will be held October 14, 7:00 p.m., at the Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall.

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