About the University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato is available by appointment only. 

If you are looking for information from our collections, we highly encourage you to view our digital collections in ARCH = https://arch.lib.mnsu.edu/.  ARCH contains a wealth of digitized photographs, yearbooks, oral histories, the complete school newspaper, the Reporter back to 1926, and more.  Additionally, you can view our archival collection guides at https://archivesspace.lib.mnsu.edu/public and in ARCH.  Archives staff are available to answer questions through our archives@mnsu.edu email or scheduled appointments.  Thank you. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with us to view the collections or to set up a research consultation via Zoom or phone, please use this form.

The University Archives is the official repository of records of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Archives contains records from the creation of the Mankato Normal School in 1868 to the present.

The Southern Minnesota Historical Center (SMHC) is a regional research center containing manuscript collections from twelve counties in South Central Minnesota. The Center contains organizational and business records as well as personal papers dating to the 1860s.

The University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

We are available for appointments Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM  to 4:00 PM.

Phone: 507-389-1029

Email: archives@mnsu.edu

Physical Address:
Memorial Library 2054
601 Maywood Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001

Mailing Address:
University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Memorial Library
Minnesota State University, Mankato
PO Box 8419
Mankato, MN 56002-8419