Digital Collections

St. Olaf College’s Digital Collections provide access to images and texts from the college’s unique and rare collections. Click on the collections to view them individually, or search all collections from the link below.
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Dear Old Hill Dear Old Hill. Joseph M. Shaw’s history of St. Olaf College tells the story of the St. Olaf campus, including facts and memories about many of the existing buildings.
Art Museum Flaten Art Museum Images. See the artwork owned and curated by St. Olaf.
St. Olaf Archives Historical Images of St. Olaf . The Shaw-Olson Center (College Archives) maintains an archival collection of thousands of photographs. Most of these images portray the college, its faculty and students, its alumni and campus visitors, and its Northfield setting.
History of St. Olaf College History of St. Olaf College. Joseph M. Shaw’s history of the college covers its founding through 1974. It was commissioned by the Board of Regents to celebrate the St. Olaf Centennial.
Identity Cover Identity and Mission for the 21st Century. An examination of how St. Olaf has changed since its centennial year and the challenges and opportunities facing the college in the pursuit of its mission.
Manitou Messenger Manitou Messenger. Started by students in 1887, the Manitou Messenger (named after the Indian spirit “Manitou”), began as a monthly literary magazine. This collection covers the first 30 years (1887-1916) of the Messenger. You can find current issues of the newspaper at
Multimedia Development Center Multimedia Development Center (MDC). A source for current images from around campus.
Norwegian American Historical Association Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA). NAHA maintains a large archival collection of Norwegian-American images. Scans of NAHA images will gradually be made available on this site. The first images were chosen to portray Norwegian-American culture in Minnesota from the mid-19th century through the early 20th century.
Viking Viking Yearbook. The yearbook of St. Olaf College: all available years of the Viking, from 1904 – 2007 (the yearbook ceased publication in 2007).
Visual Resource Center Visual Resource Center Digital Images. A teaching and research image collection of the Department of Art & Art History. It comprises an increasing number of images depicting historical and contemporary art, architecture, and other visual and material culture from around the world. Available only to St. Olaf faculty, staff, and students.