The #PurpleSyllabus presents essential topics, readings, and multimedia related to Prince. Prince’s impact and influence spreads across nearly all aspects of society and culture. This syllabus presents works written by scholars and journalists across diverse topics. Our hope is that this syllabus will serve as a resource for teachers and curriculum designers looking to infuse their classrooms and courses with Prince content.

Created by Prince fans affiliated with the University of Minnesota Libraries in conjunction with the Prince From Minneapolis Symposium.

A Note on Accessing Readings

Follow these instructions on how to set up Google Scholar to access restricted readings through your college/university/other library.

 Link requires subscription access which may be available via your library.

 Book or book chapter. Some preview pages may be available.

 Video or streaming content.


Project Organizers and Consultants from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Project Organizer

Lindsay Matts-Benson

Technology and Publishing Leads

Shane Nackerud
Emma Molls

Purple Map Leads

Ryan Mattke
Melinda Kernik

Content Contributors and Consultants

Kristi Bergland
Kim Clarke
Malaika Grant
Lindsay Keating
David Lein
Bill Pederson
Deborah Ultan


The Purple Syllabus is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Services