About the Archives

DeWitt Wallace Library

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The purpose of the Macalester College Archives is to preserve for research the historically valuable materials which document the origins, development, activities and achievements of the College since its inception in 1875. Materials in the Archives include:

  • Early college budget statistics
  • Important departmental data
  • Early registrar records
  • Minutes of faculty meetings
  • Photographs
  • Significant college publications
  • Minutes of trustee and other critical meetings guiding overall college policy
  • Books and papers by faculty, staff and alumni if they are critical to the history of the college
  • Honors papers

In 1947, in the previous Weyerhaeuser Library, the Neill Room was constructed to house the books and papers written and collected by the Reverend Doctor Edward D. Neill, the first president of Macalester College.  In the early 1960s, the Tartan Room was used in the Weyerhaeuser Library to house the college archives.  In 1986, the Neill Collection was sorted and most of it was incorporated into the Tartan Room archives.  Since 1988, the archives remain part of the DeWitt Wallace Library.

A main feature of the archives is the Neill Collection.  The Reverend Doctor Edward D. Neill was a pioneer clergyman and educator in Minnesota serving as the first Superintendent of Schools for the Territory and as Chancellor for the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Neill served as secretary under President Abraham Lincoln and was the founding pastor of two St. Paul Presbyterian churches, House of Hope and First Presbyterian.  The collection includes Dr. Neill?s personal books and papers, and his collection of books featuring Native American culture, the early history of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and the west.

Have a Question About the Archives?

Please Contact:

Ellen Holt-Werle
Archives & Reference
DeWitt Wallace Library
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
651.696.6901
holtwerle@macalester.edu

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