Stay at Home Order in Effect

April 07, 2020

Governor Tim Walz has asked all Minnesotans to #StayHomeMN until Friday, April 10.

For the latest information on Hamline's response, click here.

  • Research

    The archives is located on the lower level of Bush Memorial Library. It is best to make an appointment. 

    The archives is currently closed for in-person research and the archivist is working remotely. During this time, we will continue to respond to your questions regarding Hamline University's history via email or telephone, as best we can. 

     Preparing for your visit 

    Because very little of the collection has been catalogued, it is best to call ahead to determine whether the information you seek is available. This will also allow us to have material ready if you visit. Click here to view the archives' classification scheme (PDF).

    When you use Hamline's archives, you will be asked to fill out our register with your name, telephone number, and the purpose of your visit. This data allows us to keep statistics and to contact you if further information is found on your subject. 

    To ensure the preservation of the collections, we require the following:

    • No food or drink is allowed in the archives.
    • Pencils only may be used.
    • Everything must be handled carefully - with clean hands or gloves.
    • The original order of all documents must be maintained.

     When reading a document for the first time: 

    • Read through the material before transcribing it to ensure that you know what the document is saying.
    • Transcribe material in full (or photocopy it) - you never know what will be of use later in your research.
    • Make a full note of the document reference, including the page or even line you quoted from in case you have to re-visit that document.
    • Document materials that you look at but decide not to use.

     Interpreting documents:

    • Try to place the document in its contemporary context so that you can interpret it correctly.
    • Ask yourself who created it, who used it, and why. Researchers often make mistakes because they don't fully understood why a document was created and, therefore, misinterpret its contents.
    • Remember that the meaning of words may change over time. Try to determine the contemporary meaning of a phrase, and if you are unsure, look it up in a dictionary.