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University Archives and Special Collections

How to Use Archon


About Archon

This database contains description for just a portion of the records held at the University Archives, but are added on a continuing basis. If what you are looking for is not here, please contact the University Archives at or by phone at 320-308-4753.

Materials are arranged according to the principle of provenance (files from one creating office or person are not mixed with those from another) and they are also indexed by subject. The Archives are available for use during normal business hours.

Components of Archon

The blue bar across the header of Archon are components of content held at University Archives.

Collections: Only collections that have been processed since 2007 are included in Archon.

Any searching or browsing will be of the “finding aid," not the actual records themselves. The finding aid will provide context about the records, such as who created it and why, what kind of information is held in the records, the time period represented, and a list of folder titles in the collection.

Digital Content: University Archives has scanned hundreds of images held in its collections. Nearly all of them are available here for immediate download. One can either browse by letter or do a keyword search within the digital content to find images.

Information included for each image is a descriptive title with year, a description of the physical item, an image ID (a unique identifier which the Archives assigns for each image it scans), subject headings, publisher, contributor, and copyright information.

Subjects: All collections and images have subject headings assigned to them. Click on a letter to browse or do a keyword search. All images and collections that have that subject term searched will appear.

Creators: The collections and, when known, the images, have creators attached to them. Click on a letter to browse or do a keyword search. Right now, this is not a helpful search since there are few creators.

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