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Concordia University Archives

This library guide provides information about accessing and researching in Concordia's Archives and Special Collections.

Digital Scholarship Librarian and University Archivist

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Jennifer Carlson
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
Appointments available by request

MN South District Archives

The District Archives, located on the Concordia University, Saint Paul campus contain records, materials, and documents relating to the life and work of our congregations and the Minnesota South District through the years. The District Archives is currently between Archivists. Please contact the Minnesota South District Office with research inquiries: 952-435-2550 or

What is the CSP Archive?

The primary purpose of the Concordia University Archives is to preserve and service the official records of the institution and make them available to faculty, staff, students, board members, and outside researchers. In a sense, it shall be the official memory of the University and, as such, serve the administration. The collection consists of a variety of records: official records of academic departments and University offices; official University publications such as circulars, catalogs, newsletters, announcements, and programs; photographs, slides and negatives; audio/visual recordings; and digital or machine-readable records.

Access to the materials in our archives is by appointment only. In order to ensure continued preservation of the materials in our collection, our archival collections are not browsing collections. We ask that you contact our archivist via email or phone at least 24 hours in advance of when you would like to visit to use the materials.

What is in the archive?

Our archives holds many different collections, from official university records to personal, manuscript collections. Here are examples of some of the many things you can find in our archive:

  • Photos
  • Plaques, awards, giveaways from campus events and other memorabilia
  • Programs and flyers from events - commencement, plays, concerts...
  • Concordia publications and Yearbooks
  • Handbooks, academic catalogs, course bulletins
  • Academic and Accreditation reports
  • Manuscript collections of former CSP faculty, staff, and presidents

Concordia University Digital Archives

We are in the MN Digital Library!

Check out our contribution to the MN Reflections project. There are many photos and postcards of student life at Concordia as well as oral histories of former students from the 1930s!

Collection Highlights


Leading in Legacy: A History of Concordia University, St. Paul, 1993-2018

This university history illustrates 25 years of Concordia University, Saint Paul from 1993 to 2018. Historian Thomas Saylor uses interviews with faculty, staff, students, and administration to provide rich insights into CSP's innovation in higher education through academics, athletics, and urban location. The book is bursting with images and is a vibrant narrative of the institution's legacy.

The book can be downloaded via DigitalCommons@CSP