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A Guide to Primary Sources: Archival Collections

The materials listed are a sampling of resources that may prove helpful in historical research. Look, too, for collections of documents published as anthologies or for important historical texts from the many sources listed below.

Archival Collections



  • Gustavus Adolphus College & Lutheran Church Archives
    Campus records, manuscript collections, student theses, college newspapers, yearbooks, and photographs are just some of the unique resources found in the College Archives. The Lutheran Church Archives houses records of largely Swedish-American church bodies in Minnesota, including photographs, congregational histories, biographical information and microfilmed church records.  Many of the campus newspapers and photographs are digitized and available via the archives website.
    • Location(s): Library, 3rd floor


  • Minnesota Digital Library: Minnesota Reflections
    A searchable collection of images and primary sources from libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums across Minnesota.

  • ArchiveGrid
    Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections -- from historical documents, to personal papers, to family histories. Researchers can contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and in some cases, order copies. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).


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Jeff Jenson
You can find me in the College and Lutheran Church Archives, the offices above the library's main entrance.
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