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.

It is strongly recommended that you contact Archives staff to make an appointment before you visit so that we can have research materials ready for you. Our collections are kept in archival storage, in some cases off-site, and we are not always able to accommodate researchers who arrive without advance notice. Materials in the Archives do not circulate and must be used on the premises. For more about using the collections at Andersen, you can review the reading room regulations and procedures.

Directions to Andersen Library, building hours, and parking information are available on the Andersen Library visitor information page. When arriving for your visit, please go first to the information desk in room 219 (2nd floor) to fill out a visitor registration form.

Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships

Two to three Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships are awarded each year for research at the Social Welfare History Archives or the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. Preference is given to dissertation writers and early-career scholars. Funds may be used for transportation, lodging, meals, and scanning.
Applications should 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 (postmarked) 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.

 View the full list of scholarships and fellowships available to Archives and Special Collections researchers.