Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
a.m. to 12 p.m.
Closed weekends, holidays and during academic breaks.
Hours are subject to change due to staff availability.
Please call ahead to verify that the library is open.
Additional hours available upon request—contact Nancy Broughton
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Nancy Broughton, Library Director
Diane Kauppi, Library Technician
Library Service Desk
Borrowing privileges are extended to patrons with a
valid Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
identification card (students and employees) and to
The mission of the Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives
is to select, maintain, enhance, promote, and make
accessible the information, material, and research
resources necessary to support the Fond du Lac Tribal
and Community College mission in teaching, cultural
diversity, public service, and lifelong learning, and to
serve Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the
larger community as a repository of Native American,
especially Anishinaabe, history, culture, and
sovereignty, within the limits of the library's
resources and its primary commitment to the Fond du Lac
Tribal and Community College community.
Ruth A. Myers Library/ Ojibwe
The Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives is central to
the academic mission of the college. The library,
recently expanded in 2008, is located on the first and
second floors on the north end the academic building.
The library serves a dual capacity as both a tribal
college and a community college library, providing
library users a full range of services and access to
materials supporting the Fond du Lac Tribal and
Community College academic curricula and emphasizing
Native American history, culture, and sovereignty,
especially of the Anishinaabeg.
The library’s in-house materials include monographic,
audio-visual, newspaper and journal, and microform
collections. Government document materials include
Minnesota State documents on microfiche and federal
documents as appropriate to the missions of the library
Native American materials are a major focus of all
collection areas. Special collections include the
Anishinaabe and Minnesota regional collections and a
juvenile/young adult collection of American Indian
The library’s physical collection is accessed via an
on-line catalog system linked with academic libraries in
Minnesota and other states. The library also provides
electronic access to subject databases and indexes, some
of which are full-text, and to the Internet. In
addition, the library provides interlibrary loan to
assist users in obtaining materials from other
Skills in library use are essential to the library’s
mission, and library staff emphasize their educational
role by promoting library literacy.
Integral to library services is the provision of
reference and research assistance, available most hours
the library is open. Library instruction is available to
classes and individuals, being tailored to meet specific
needs from general and point-of use to subject-specific
Who was Ruth A. Myers?
-by Erik Roadfeldt
Ruth Myers was the grandmother of American Indian
education in Minnesota, and she consistently encouraged
people to pursue higher learning, including friend Jack
Briggs, through her outgoing personality and spirit.
As an education advocate, Myers was relentless and
courageous, and she worked on approximately 70
boards/commissions in support of American Indians during
her lifetime. She was the first American Indian to be
appointed to the Minnesota State Board of Education, and
the first American Indian to serve on the Duluth School
Board. She also chaired the Fond du Lac Tribal and
Community College task force in 1986 that helped
establish the permanent campus in Cloquet.
Myers was born in Grand Marais in 1926 and was an
enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake
Superior Chippewa. She was hired by the University of
Minnesota-Duluth to co-direct the American Indian
Programs (now the Center of American Indian &
Minority Health) in 1979.
Upon retirement from UMD in 1994, Myers received an
honorary degree that recognized her “distinctive
achievements, which added materially to knowledge and
the betterment of society.” She died in 2001 at age 75.