Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.
The Social Welfare History Archives collects the records of private-sector social service and social reform organizations and the personal papers of individual leaders in the field. Researchers from all communities and disciplines are invited to contact the archives about using these materials.
Sources in the Archives document the history of social service and social reform, focused on the late nineteenth and twentieth century in the U.S.
The Archives also houses an extensive collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, reports and newsletters related to social work and reform.
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Social Welfare History Archives staff are available for classes and presentations. Learn more about available instruction.
Did you know...
Did you know that funds are available to help you with your research? The University awards several Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships every year to support travel to do research in the Social Welfare History Archives or the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. View the full list of research scholarships and fellowships.