Fund your research

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 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.


Dr. Linda Mack Schloff research award fund

Funds of up to $1,400 are available for researchers looking to use the materials of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. This scholarship, provided via the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM), allows visiting scholars assistance in funding for research at the Elmer L. Andersen Library. Funds may be used for transportation, lodging, meals, research costs, and other incidental expenses. The fellowship is available for a single, continuous research trip; to be eligible, scholars will reside outside the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Award recipients are chosen and subsequent funds are distributed by the JHSUM, the organization that began collecting materials that would eventually become the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives collection at the University of Minnesota. The Dr. Linda Mack Schloff Research Award Fund is named for JHSUM’s former long-time director who was instrumental in organizing and managing the archives.

To apply: Applicants should include (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a brief research proposal that identifies source materials to be used from the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and the intended outcome for the research (journal article, book chapter, museum exhibit, etc.), and (3) an estimated travel budget with itemized expenses. The deadline is April 15 each year. A selection will be made within 4-6 weeks and travel may commence directly thereafter. Inquiries and applications to be directed to Kate Dietrick at the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. Applications may be submitted by email to or postmarked no later than April 15th.

Researchers receiving the Schloff research award will be expected to: be in residence in Andersen Library for a minimum of 2 working days or more and either give a brief presentation of their research in progress to JHSUM members and the public or write a brief article regarding their research visit that can be used in an upcoming JHSUM newsletter.

Elmer L. Andersen research scholars program

The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research projects using materials from the Libraries’ rare and special collections. Named for former governor and University of Minnesota regent Elmer L. Andersen, the new program honors the Governor’s passion for collecting and for expanding the use of the collections. The Research Scholars program is available to scholars including faculty, graduate, postgraduate, and independent researchers using the collections in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. This program is not available to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate or undergraduate students or UM faculty. The program will provide support for research projects that require use of one or more of the collections. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and provide funds for travel, housing and other research related costs. The final research product (e.g., journal article, documentary film) must acknowledge the Libraries’ support and be deposited with the University Libraries. For more information, visit the Archives and Special Collections Fund your Research page.