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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.
Destroyed woods south of Automba, Minnesota, 1918. Photographer: T.J. Horton.

The fires of October 12, 1918

On the afternoon of October 12, 1918 in northeastern Minnesota, several forest fires killed over 450 people and decimated 2,000 square miles of forests, homesteads, and townships. The University of Minnesota Forest Experiment Station, known today as the Cloquet Forestry Center, survived the fire. The Center’s archival collection contains photographs that document the aftermath of the fires in the region.

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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.
A Peer Research Consultant with a text about the program.video

Meet your Peer Research Consultants!

Meet Your Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) at the University of Minnesota Libraries! PRCs can help undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota with their research papers, including help with finding scholarly or academic articles, narrowing down your paper topics, creating research questions, navigating the Libraries' website and databases, choosing keywords for searching, and evaluating articles and websites.
Goldy Gopher inspects a model human skull at the UMN Health Sciences Library's booth.

UMN Libraries at the State Fair

This year at the Minnesota State Fair, we’ll show you some fun and fascinating historical medical devices from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. We’ll test your knowledge with a health fact or fiction quiz. And Minitex — a division of the University of Minnesota Libraries that supports libraries throughout Minnesota — will be there, too, as part of Read & Ride Day at the Fair.

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