Margaret Virum Collection

Thanks to the generous funding from the Margaret Virum Endowed Fund for School Partnerships and the generous donations of time, memories, and materials from Margaret's friends and family members, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has had the privilege of archiving and holding over 400 professional texts, children's literature books, artifacts, albums of personal communication with students and families, and oral histories documenting the 49-year teaching career of Margaret Virum.

Text Written by Lee Galda and Sarah Hansen from The Margaret Virum Collection: Jump into my heart: Teachings from the life of an innovative educator by Amy Scatliff and Sarah Hansen


The Best Friends Award

The Margaret Virum Collection is a crucial piece of the Best Friends Award, granted biannually to undergraduate student applicants who are enrolled in The Foundations of Reading Course - CI5413. This course is taken by elementary education and early childhood education majors.

Read more:

  • An article from CE+HD News announcing the 2014 winners
  • An article from the Star Tribune about Margaret Virum and her contributions to the Minneapolis teaching community and University of Minnesota

Call Number Example

All Margaret Virum Collection materials are catalogued as follows:

MV Indicates Margaret Virum Collection
XX Type of materials (see below)
YY Subcategory of materials
AUT Author Last Name (First three letters)
REF### Reference Number

Call Number Codes

Professional Literature - PL

  • Writing - W
  • Children's Literature - CL
  • Innovative Classrooms/Learning - IC/L
  • Expression/Drama - E/D
  • Poetry - P
  • Reading/Language Arts - R/LA
  • Teachers and Teaching - T/T
  • Whole Child - W/C

Children's Literature - CL

  • Folklore (FL)
  • Literature Depicting Many Cultures - C
  • Beginning/Newly Independent Readers - BR/NIR
  • Nonfiction/Informational - NF

Adolescent Literature - AL

  • Miscellaneous - M
  • Author Collection - AC

Textbooks - TB

  • Reading/Language Arts - R/LA
  • Poetry - P

Miscellaneous Literature - L

Document Case - DC

Album Boxes - ALBUM

  • Mentoring - Mentor

Artifacts - ARTIFACT

Japan Teaching Collection - JTC

Oral Histories - OH