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 ascref@umn.edu 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.


Due the University of Minnesota closing during the Covid 19 pandemic, we are suspending all fellowships and grants-in-aid for 2020 and will not be accepting applications this year. 

The Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships support travel and related expenses for dissertation writers and early career scholars using the Social Welfare History Archives and Kautz Family YMCA Archives.

Two to three Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships are awarded each year. Funds may be used for transportation, lodging, meals, and scanning.

We particularly encourage applications from individuals identifying with underrepresented communities, including Black, Indigenous, communities of color, LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities.

Applications must include:

  • A vita;
  • A brief research proposal that identifies source materials to be used and discusses the potential relevance of the sources to the research topic;
  • An estimated travel budget (itemizing expenses up to $800); and
  • Not more than two reference letters.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact staff at the archives to discuss their research prior to submitting a proposal.

The deadline is April 15th. Applications are accepted by email (as attachments) or mail.

A selection will be made within 4-6 weeks; funds are then available immediately.

Questions and applications should be directed to Linnea Anderson at the Social Welfare History Archives. ande3748@umn.edu

Click here to view the full list of scholarships and fellowships available to Archives and Special Collections researchers.