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 ascref@umn.edu 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.


The Kautz Family YMCA Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the records of the YMCA of the USA and related historical material. We do this through conservation of historical documents, description and digitization projects that make material available online, research assistance to scholars, genealogists, YMCA staff, and the general public, exhibits highlighting the amazing heritage of the YMCA movement, and speaking engagements involving YMCA communities and other interested parties.

Your financial donation in any amount will help us to expand our preservation and outreach activities.

Give to the collection

For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact:
Ms. Heather Beaton
U of M Libraries Development Director

For information on donating material to the collection, please contact the Archives.  YMCA staff are encouraged to review the information here on transferring records to the Archives.