Carleton College Archives: Overview of Collections

Detailed information about the holdings of the Carleton Archives is available upon request.
Institutional records which are especially rich in information include:

  • proceedings of the Board of Trustees and subordinate committees
  • records of the President's office and of the various deans and other administrative officers (including correspondence, memoranda, annual reports, and subject files)
  • minutes of the faculty, college committees, and task forces
  • reports from the office of institutional research
  • financial reports
  • press releases and subject files from the Carleton News Bureau

Other frequently used material includes:

  • biographical files concerning alumni, faculty, and administrative staff
  • copies of most college publications (administrative and student, official and "underground")
  • records of student government and organizations
  • maps and architectural records
  • recordings of campus events such as convocation lectures, some concerts, or symposia
  • and extensive photographs of campus life

Certain researchers will also wish to make use of the following:

  • past student honors theses
  • oral history interviews
  • scrapbooks, diaries, and memorabilia
  • or specialized collections such as:
    • papers of specific faculty members
    • records pertaining to the Carleton-in-China program
    • the Thorstein Veblen collection.

The archives also maintains a file of student research papers written on Carleton topics.

For access to the above information please visit us at The Carleton College Archives, located on the first floor of the Laurence Gould Library, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, or e-mail us at