CBI: Collections > About the Collections
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Services and How to Use the Collections


The CBI archives is open to all. Researchers are asked to fill out a registration form and present photo identification on their first visit.

Visiting CBI

The reading room is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30, and has extended hours until 7:00 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact archives staff to make an appointment before your visit so that we can have your materials ready for you. Materials in the CBI archives do not circulate and must be used on the premises.

Finding information about the collections

General information about CBI’s collections can be found in MNCAT®, the University of Minnesota’s online library catalog. Finding aids, or guides to the collections, provide more detail and are available via the Online Finding Aids site. Full text transcripts for most CBI oral histories are also available on the CBI Web site.

Offsite research services

Researchers unable to visit CBI directly may request photocopies delivered by mail or fax. CBI archives staff can fill offsite research requests if they are sufficiently specific, e.g., a particular document or the contents of a particular folder. Archives staff can conduct up to an hour of research, or as time permits. Archives staff can also sometimes refer customers to an approved outside researcher for hire who establishes his or her own rates.


Most of the materials in the CBI archives are copyrighted. The federal Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S. Code) has made the reproduction and use of archival materials increasingly complex. CBI generally follows the Copyright Act as well as copyright policies set by the University of Minnesota Libraries, and ultimate responsibility for the publication of archival materials, whether in print or on the Web, rests with the publisher and author. Please refer all inquiries about citing, quoting from, or reproducing CBI’s archival materials to the archivist.

Copy and scanning services

All copy and scanning services are conducted in accordance with federal copyright law (Title 17 U.S. code).

Photocopies/pdf scans: Rates: $0.25/page for black and white 8 1/2x11" or 11x17". Please contact the archivist for oversize or color photocopy charges.

All copy orders of $50 or more must be prepaid. Please contact the archivist for further information.

All orders delivered to a Minnesota address or picked up in person will be charged Minnesota sales tax.

Turnaround time: orders of 25 copies or less can usually be filled for onsite researchers within one-two days. Because of the nature of the materials, all photocopying services are provided by archives staff.

Hi-Resolution scans: CBI can provide hi-resolution scans of images from the collections.

Reproduction costs: $10 / image plus $5 processing fee for scans. Digital scans can be delivered on the Internet for free, or on a CD or DVD for an extra charge. (Additional fees will be charged for digital camera scans, image manipulation, large formats.)

Turnaround time: varies

Use fees may apply. Please contact CBI for more information.

Audiotapes and moving image materials: Consult archives staff for reproduction costs, use fees, and turnaround time.

Oral histories: Transcripts for most of CBI's oral histories are now available free of charge through the CBI Oral History Database. Contact CBI for transcripts of oral histories not available online.

Payment options for archives services

  • Personal check
  • Credit Card
  • University of Minnesota EFS account

International orders: CBI is constrained by the University of Minnesota's ability to handle international currency. International customers are expected to follow one of the following  methods of payment. International customers can make payments by credit card or by check ONLY if checks are written in U.S. currency.

All billing is done through the Libraries Billing Office. Please contact the archivist for further information.