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Tray of reel-to-reel tapes

U Libraries receives $44,000 for radio digitization

The University of Minnesota Libraries has received $44,000 for its digitization project: "University Radio at Risk: Digital Preservation Reformatting of Educational Radio." The grant is from the Council on Library and Information Resourc and will be used to preserve about 2,500 aging reel-to-reel audio recordings.
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.

Latest News from the Libraries

Book cover image from The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, written by John Scieszka.

The 2020 Kerlan Award: Jon Scieszka

The Kerlan Award is given annually by the Friends of the Kerlan Collection in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature...

Chambers Fellow researching population control

Clarke Chambers Fellow Caitlin Fendley visited the Social Welfare History Archives to research American Ideas about overpopulation and population control.
Jamie Lee Curtis archive

The Jamie Lee Curtis Papers added to our Kerlan Collection

Actor and author Jamie Lee Curtis recently donated her papers to the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota — including drafts, proofs, correspondence, and production material for a dozen of her picture books for children, including the best-selling Today I Feel Silly.

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