General Information


The Carleton College Archives was established in 1967 to gather, preserve, and make available for reference and research use, documentation and information pertaining to the work, history, and development of Carleton College, or about programs, policies, activities, events, persons, or groups associated with the college. To that end it serves as the repository for all non-current official records of the college that have enduring and significant historical, administrative, or informational value. It also actively solicits and collects additional records, papers, publications, photographs and other relevant material from student organizations, faculty, alumni, or other persons outside of the college's administrative structure.


Click here to see the Mission Statement of the Carleton College Archives.


The Archives is located on the Carleton College Campus in the Laurence McKinley Gould Library, lowest level, (entrance: Room 164). 


The Archives is open when staff is present, which is generally Monday - Friday 9 a.m to noon and 1 p.m to 4 p.m., except college holidays. Researchers are advised to make an appointment in advance of a visit. Our number is 507-222-4270.

Research Opportunities

The number of topics which may be researched completely or in part through resources available in the Carleton Archives is nearly limitless. Records date from the college's founding in 1866, and touch on subjects ranging from educational policy to gender issues to fundraising; athletics to oratory to town-gown relations; biography to demography, multiculturalism to missionaries, student traditions to student protest; campus development to campus religion to campus politics. To see a list of our holdings follow this link.

Access to certain records is restricted for specified amounts of time by federal law, college policy, or donor stipulation. In other respects, use of the collection is open to all persons equally, whether affiliated with Carleton College or not. Faculty and students are especially encouraged to utilize the archives as an educational resource where under-graduates may be exposed to techniques of research in primary sources. Students have successfully used the Carleton Archives in connection not only with history courses, but also in such fields as English, religion, botany, geology, economics, art, music, American studies, political science, education, sociology, environmental studies, Asian studies, African American studies, and women's studies.


The archival collections are open to all persons who agree to abide by the rules governing their use. Access to material is provided only through the assistance of Archives staff. Users must complete a brief registration in order to use archival material, and personal identification may be required. All material must be handled with care to ensure its preservation. All material must be used in the reading room: the collections do not circulate. Photocopying and other duplicating services are available, upon application to Archives staff.


For more information

Telephone 507-222-4270

Fax 507-222-4087

Carleton College Archives
Gould Library
One North College Street
Northfield MN 55057 (map)