College Archives at Macalester

The Macalester College Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for research materials that document the origins, developments, activities, achievements, and people of the College.

Archives and Special Collections collects, preserves, and provides access to rare books, archival records, and other special collections spanning from the 13th century to the present.  Materials include unique and valuable books, archival and manuscript collections, oral histories, artists books, image and media collections, digital collections, as well as the Wood Collection of children’s books and Great Scots Collection of recent works by Macalester community members.  Collections are made available for use in support of scholarship and the curriculum, and to document and preserve college history and institutional memory.

Archives and Special Collections are available to members of the Macalester community and the general public by appointment–please Contact Us!

Contact College Archives

Ellen Holt-Werle
Archivist & Special Collections Librarian

Featured Digital Collections:


The Great Scots Collection is in the Harmon Room on the main level of the Library.  The Archives, Rare Books Room, and Wood Collection are on the second floor of the Library: