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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...

A Clinic That’s For the Birds

On this installment of "U of M Radio on your Historic Dial," we’ll travel to the St. Paul campus to "A Clinic That’s for the Birds" – which also happens to be the title of the December 8, 1977 episode of Look What We Found.  If you haven’t yet deciphered the title of the broadcast, we are going on an audio tour of the Raptor Center.  The Raptor Center is a research and rehabilitation center for birds of prey which today cares for approximately 800 ill and injured raptors each year.
U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial with retro radio icon

Another Way to Go From Minneapolis to St. Paul

By Rebecca Toov You are listening to U of M Radio on your Historic Dial! From 1938-1979, the Minnesota School of the Air brought educational programs into the classrooms of Minnesota and beyond over radio airwaves...

50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the act, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is encouraging organizations to share archival materials related to the history and preservation of public broadcasting. University of Minnesota Archives is happy to join them.

Latest News from the Libraries

Collection Development: Staying Home sick

I'm staying home sick today. Went to the doctor yesterday. Turns out that I have influenza.  That was the way she said it. Like it...

American Library Association Midwinter 2018: Adam Rex

Pubs in July 2018, Disney/Hyperion Every once in while there is a book that I see in a booth and I just want to read...

Collection Development:

Last week when I was doing class visits with 5th graders. I was shocked and saddened that less than a handful of over 125...