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.

Archives Staff:

Reference & Outreach Archivist Ryan Bean 612.626.7899
Description & Access Archivist/Webmaster Lara Friedman-Shedlov 612.626.7972
YMCA of Minneapolis/Greater Twin Cities Archivist Alex Bentley 612.626.7956

Reference Inquiries

Staff will help identify sources of information relevant to your interests but cannot undertake extensive research projects. In most cases, staff are only able to fill offsite research requests if they are sufficiently specific, e.g., a particular document or the contents of a particular folder. In cases where research is required to identify relevant material, archives staff will conduct research, as time permits, for a fee. If desired, Archives staff can sometimes refer customers to an outside researcher for hire who establishes his or her own rates. In addition to your actual question, please include as much of the following information as possible:
  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact information, especially telephone and e-mail (we usually have follow-up questions).
  • When you need it by

For the fastest service, please direct reference inquiries to or phone 612-625-3445