Arts and Recreation (Archives and Special Collections)

Intro to Arts & Recreation Materials

The Migration and Social Service Collections (MSSC) document the vibrant and often innovative arts activities centered in social service, community and immigrant organizations. MSSC collections also include material central to understanding the history, methods and philosophy of recreation and sports.

The following represents a sample of available source material and is not intended to be comprehensive. All research sources presented here are available for public research, by appointment, in the Elmer L. Andersen Library Reading Room. To make an appointment, or for more information, please visit the Migration and Social Services Collections website. To contact individual units, see the webpage or refer to the 'Archival Collections' tab in this guide.


Guide updated October 2016.

About the Migration and Social Services Collections

We are a group of four collaborative archives, located on the 3rd floor of Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. Our expert staff, archival missions, and collections complement each other strongly. Each of us provides access to rich primary sources on the broad topics of peoples' experiences as they migrate to and within the U.S., and on social services, social reform, and the oldest social non-profit institution in the U.S.

We are part of the Archives and Special Collections department within the University Libraries. For more information on us, please explore our various webpages:

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