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.
Housing Options for Visitors
Click here for a list of nearby housing and dining options, courtesy of the Immigration History Research Center in Elmer L. Andersen Library.
Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowships
Three to four 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. Travel fellowship funds may be used for transportation, lodging, meals, and (to the extent that funds permit) photocopying of archival documents.
Applications should include a vita, a brief research proposal that identifies source materials to be used at the Social Welfare History Archives or YMCA Archives, an estimated travel budget (itemizing expenses up to $800), and not more than two reference letters. The (postmarked) deadline is April 15 each year. A selection will be made within 4-6 weeks; funds are then available immediately.
Inquiries and applications should be directed to Linnea Anderson at the Social Welfare History Archives. Applications may be emailed as attachments or sent via postal mail.