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A Campus Divided

A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism, and Anti-Semitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1942 
August 14 through November 30, 2017
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery

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Political battles raged at the University of Minnesota from the 1930s to the early 1940s between students and administrators. The campus was divided over issues, which included racial and economic equality, opposition to war, and student rights. Racism and antisemitism were part of campus life. University administrators, with a few important exceptions, were architects of the racially segregated, publicly-financed housing on campus, and approved off-campus housing where Jews were also not welcome.

Despite the ongoing efforts by administrators to suppress student activism and maintain segregated housing, student activists were remarkably successful at creating change. They succeeded because of alliances forged across political, religious, and racial lines. Coalitions extended beyond the campus and included local African American and Jewish communities as well as the Farmer-Labor party. Together, they began the ongoing struggle for an inclusive University committed to political freedom.

University life offered the opportunity to engage global, national, and state politics, both in the classroom and on the campus, where the most important issues of the day mattered deeply. Students were willing to fight for the ideas and principles that would shape the rest of their lives.

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Wilson Research Collaboration Studio

The new Wilson Library Research Collaboration Studio is now open. Work on group projects using large monitors and a variety of seating options in an open setting.  Read about the studio,  reserving space, and technology *at

More on the technology

Below are a few photos of part of the space.

Entering the studio from the first floor lobby.IMG_7104 East entrance - Wilson front

Just inside the front entrance you can see one of the collaboration tables equipped with a large monitor and connections for laptops.IMG_7106 facing south to front lobby

Looking across the room you can see the reference bookshelves and more collaboration tables.IMG_7105 facing west

The reference books remaining on first floor can circulate for one day. All other books formerly in reference are on 3rd and 4th floors and now have regular loan periods. You can also access many reference resources in Jewish studies online.IMG_7018 ref wall

If you need more enclosed meeting space we have them available too!IMG_7111 facing south back lobby

A few of the titles on our reference shelving. They circulate for one day.IMG_7128 Ref dictionariesIMG_7124 Ref wall historyMany titles from the former reference room are now on third and fourth floor and have regular circulation status.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Our own Upper Midwest Jewish Archives unit has published an entry on
Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time set aside to recognize and celebrate Jewish American achievements and contributions to our country. To celebrate, we’ve included some highlights in this blog post of examples from the Libraries’ Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.”

The post Jewish American Heritage Month appeared first on continuum | University of Minnesota Libraries.

IHRC launches Immigration Syllabus

U of M’s Immigration History Research Center launches #ImmigrationSyllabus
Created by historians nationwide, #ImmigrationSyllabus responds to current debates over immigration with a history lesson for the public
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/26/2017) -Today, immigration historians from across the country launched #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep historical roots of today’s immigration debates. Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and made available through the University of Minnesota Libraries, #ImmigrationSyllabus is a tool for teaching, learning and advocacy. #ImmigrationSyllabus is available online at

Wilson Periodicals moved

The big Wilson moves are well underway.

The basement Periodicals room is nearly empty. The Periodicals have moved up to 3rd and 4th floors of Wilson.  Bound and Unbound are shelved together, title by title.

Here’s the new floorplan

When was this announced?
In our continuum publication, October 2016, along with other changes, in the paragraph

Other Wilson Library Updates
Periodicals and Dewey Decimal collections moving
The east section of the fourth floor of Wilson Library will re-open before Finals Week, providing additional study space. The area has been closed since late August, allowing staff to process the relocation of collections classified with the Dewey Decimal system. Some of these Dewey materials will be re-classified into our Library of Congress system and remain in Wilson, while others will be moved to off-site storage.

The bound and current periodicals, in the basement of Wilson Library, will be relocated to the third (N-J) and fourth A-M) floors.

Here are a few photos to show the changes; visit Wilson and explore if you plan to use the collections here in the coming months. (I had to do this myself!)

Below: Fourth floor lobby, entrance to Periodicals A-M


Below: Fourth floor journals, bound and unbound shelved together by title


Below: third floor (N-Z) periodicals, looking east


Below: third floor (N-Z), bound and unbound shelved together by title

Floor 3 Time mag IMG_3872.jpeg