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DIRC/Sevareid Library

DIRC/Sevareid Library

Eric Sevareid Library

The Digital Information Resource Center (DIRC)/Eric Sevareid Library is the SJMC's discipline-specific, on-site library and resource center. The DIRC/Library's collection features a number of specialty resources of use to researchers in the communications disciplines and is supported 100 percent by private gifts.

Journalism Resources at University Libraries: University Libraries provide further resources including advertising and marketing resources, career resources, design resources, e-journals, access to databases, blogs, and many other valuable resources for journalism students.

User's Guide

The DIRC/Library contains the Thomas Heggen collection, books, publications, electronic resources and more.

Material Location and Checkout: Materials in the library are searchable via the University Libraries catalog. Books in the library can be checked out at the front desk. Some items are on reserve or reference and can only be used within the library. Checkout periods vary by user. Users must have a UCard in order to check out material.

Course Reserves: SJMC course reserves are available in the library. Reserve items may be checked out at the desk for three hours. Availability varies overnight and during finals week.

Publications: The library has subscriptions to five national daily newspapers, and receives over 60 Minnesota weekly community newspapers. The library also has subscriptions to a selection of journalism professional and trade journals. They are available for use in the library.

Computer Workstations: Multimedia computers are available for use in the library. Eight workstations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. University computer policies are enforced.

Teaming Rooms: Two rooms, each equipped with a multimedia computer workstation and a whiteboard, are available for student team project work. To reserve a teaming room, please visit the front desk of the library. The rooms may also be used on a walk-in basis if no prior reservations have been made for that time. Note: The teaming rooms may only be used for work pertaining to SJMC courses or research, and are limited to groups of 2-5 people.

Study Area: There are tables, chairs, and individual work areas for study. Some tables and workstations have electrical plug-ins and/or USB charging ports. Five work spaces are equipped with additional lighting.

Printer/Copier/Scanner: Printing: 5 cents per black and white sheet, 15 cents per color sheet. Copier: 10 cents per sheet, black and white only. Printing and copying: 3 sizes of paper; letter, legal, tabloid (11x7.) Scanner: USB flashdrive required.

Thomas Heggen Collection: The Thomas Heggen Collection, located in 104 Murphy Hall, is named for Thomas Heggen (1919-1949). Heggen was a University of Minnesota alum and author of the novel, screenplay and Tony Award winning play “Mr. Roberts”. From 1939-1941, Thomas Heggen was a student and a writer at the Minnesota Daily.

The Heggen collection includes books on creative writing, literary journalism and collections of journalistic reporting and commentaries. All books in the Heggen collection are part of the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog. Books from the Heggen collection are available for loan, but must be paged by library staff. Requests for materials can be made to library staff. Books requested may take 1-3 days to become available for loan depending on staff and room availability.


Eric Sevareid

The Sevareid Library takes its name and inspiration from Eric Sevareid, a 1935 graduate who became one of the most illustrious reporters in America. Sevareid is particularly well-known for his reporting on World War II, the Vietnam War, and American politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Eric Sevareid graduated in 1935 from the University of Minnesota. Sevareid earned a B.A. in Political Science and completed much of his coursework in the School of Journalism; he also worked as a reporter at the Minnesota Daily.

Portrait: Eric Sevareid with the CBS Evening News.

After graduation, Sevareid moved into radio reporting after stints at the Paris Herald and at United Press, becoming one of “Murrow’s Boys” covering World War II for CBS. In 1964, Sevareid took a position with the CBS Evening News, working with Walter Cronkite.

When the Vietnam War began, Sevareid returned to war correspondence, primarily on the CBS Evening News contributing special reports. He retired from CBS in 1977, although he continued to provide commentaries and host special news programs for the network; he also appeared in several motion pictures.

Eric Sevareid passed away on July 9, 1992 at the age of 79. Over the course of his career he won a number of awards: the Peabody in 1950, 1964 and 1967; two Emmys, one for coverage of Vice President Spiro Agnew’s resignation and one for a report on President Lyndon Johnson; and a number of other journalism awards.

The Eric Sevareid library was named for Sevareid in 1980. The collection incorporates materials about print, broadcast, and online journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communication, mass communication theory, communication history, law and ethics and related areas. Dissertation, Master’s theses, and Master's capstone projects completed by SJMC students are also available. The Sevareid library is also home to microfilm copies of the Eric Sevareid papers from the U.S. Library of Congress; these papers include radio and television scripts, correspondence, and other documents related to Sevareid’s long career as a CBS news professional.

Many of the books and subscription in the collection are unique to the University of Minnesota library system. Some titles are not available anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

Sevareid-related materials

The Sevareid Library holds a number of resources authored by Eric Sevareid. These include:

The Library also holds several books and other materials written about Eric Sevareid's life and career, including:

Library Hours

During Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday - Thursday: 8.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

During school breaks and summer:

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Note: The library is closed during official University holidays. Hours are subject to change.

Contact Information

DIRC/Sevareid Library
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
111 Murphy Hall, 206 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455