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What are College Archives?

Introduction to our College Archives and how to access them

Find Records and Archival Materials (FRAM) database

Our archives are searchable through our finding aid database, FRAM or Find Records and Archival Materials. We are currently reprocessing our archives to provide finding aids for all of our collections and not all of our collections are represented in this database yet. Feel free to contact us with any questions as you start to research with our collections. 

We recommend you create an account when using FRAM. See our helpful tips page for getting started with our database.

Things to know before you begin: 

Archives are organized differently than books. Collections are described or processed using finding aids. As described by the Society of American Archivists: "Often a finding aid places archival resources in context by consolidating information about the collection, such as acquisition and processing; provenance, including administrative history or biographical note; scope of the collection, including size, subjects, media; organization and arrangement; and an inventory of the series and the folders. Finding aids could also describe a single level or a single item."

Unlike opening up Google or searching keywords in Catalyst, research with archival collections requires time and a lot of sifting through materials. A finding aid will help you find an interesting box or series related to your research, but you will still need to go through folder contents to find the material to meet your research topic. Make sure to budget time when you start your research.

Popular Digital Sources

We continue to digitize and conserve our collections. Please you FRAM to explore more digital content from:

  • F. Melius Christiansen papers
  • O.G. Felland photograph collection
  • Inez Frayseth staff papers
  • Northfield Postcard collection
  • Panorama photographs
  • WCAL radio station records

Virtual Exhibits

Published College Histories

Other published works: