Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

How to Cite SWHA Material

The Social Welfare History Archives is open to the public. However, because of the rare nature of much of our material, it may be used only in the archives reading room in Andersen Library. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members. 

If you are unable to visit the Archives in person, you are welcome to contact us regarding material that can be scanned and sent to you.

Permission to use archival materials will normally be granted to any qualified researcher upon completion of the reader registration form and agreement to abide by the rules governing use. Please visit this page for an overview of reading room policies.

Scanning and photocopying is available for most materials, with the exception of restricted collections and items too fragile or sensitive to be copied. The Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship is available to help fund research in the Archives.

Permission to publish from unpublished manuscripts or published works under copyright must first be obtained from the holder of the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure that permission. 

Permission to use materials does not convey permission to publish them. This privilege must be acquired separately and is the responsibility of the user.