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University Archives and Special Collections



St. Cloud State University was established in 1869 as the St. Cloud Normal School. Its purpose was to train teachers for the common schools of the state of Minnesota. As it grew it remained primarily a teacher education institution, but gradually its focus changed to liberal arts. In 1957 it became St. Cloud State College and, in 1975, St. Cloud State University. The University offers some 70 different undergraduate majors and 37 graduate programs. It serves some 14,000 students as well as a large regional community.

The St. Cloud State University Archives was established in 1977 by an announcement from the President Charles J. Graham to all faculty and staff. The announcement stated the basic organization and role of the archives as well as laying out the responsibilities of the archivist.

Learn more about University Archives through an Adobe presentation - what we do, how we do it and why.

Since 1977, roles in the archives have changed somewhat, but its purpose is still basically the same. The mission of the St. Cloud State University Archives is:

  • To appraise, collect, organize, describe, make available, and preserve records of historical, legal, and/or administrative value to St. Cloud State University.
  • To provide adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of such records.
  • To facilitate efficient records management for the institution.
  • To provide information services that will assist the operation of the institution.
  • To serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning.
  • To serve research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by members of the institution and the community at large.
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of the institution, and the development of these aims, goals, and programs.
  • To maintain, publicize, and make available a collection of the papers of various Minnesota authors.
  • To maintain, publicize, and make available the Don Boros Theatre Collection, the William Lindgren Asian Art Collection, Rare Books, and other such special collections that support the mission of the institution.
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