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While the Alumni Association has a library of yearbooks (at least one copy for each year between 1888 and 1967 - yearbook production ended in the 1967-68 school year) available to the public for browsing only (during our regular business hours), we do not gather historical information about our alumni or the University. If you are engaged in a family history search, or other search of historical information, please utilize the instructions below, provided by University Archives, a part of University Libraries.


Inquiries for graduates between 1873 and 1916…
The "General Catalogue of The University of Minnesota" is an inclusive listing of University alumni from the first graduating class in 1873 through 1916 and is available online in the University Digital Conservancy: http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/51021

The PDFs are full-text searchable, and the General Catalogue includes alumni lists by college or school as well as geographical and alphabetical lists.

Another resource in the Digital Conservancy is the commencement programs, which include alphabetical lists, organized by college, of graduates receiving associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees for each year from 1873 to 1991: http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/57523
Inquiries for graduates after 1916…
If you are unsure of the person’s dates of attendance, you could start your research by using the student/staff directories available online in the University Digital Conservancy: http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/52240

The PDFs are full-text searchable, and the directories include campus address, major course of study, and expected graduation year for registered students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) from 1908 to 2008.

You can search for a surname across the collection of directories or you may want to try opening individual directories (PDFs) for years that correspond with when the person would have been a student. If you find the expected graduation year, you can then check that year with the commencement programs, which include alphabetical lists, organized by college, of graduates receiving associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees for each year from 1873 to 1991: http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/57523
Note: a name appearing in a commencement program is not official confirmation of a degree being received. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at onestop@umn.edu or 612-624-1111 (toll free 1-800-400-8636) to request a transcript or official degree information.

Employer degree verification: available though the National Student Clearinghouse: http://onestop.umn.edu/contact_us/degree_and_enrollment_verification.html

For additional assistance with your historical search, please contact University Archives at uar@umn.edu.

Related Links:
Minnesota magazine's Nostalgia Unbound (Spring 2013)
Star Tribune: U's trove of census data stands alone in the world (April 8, 2012)

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