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.


The Kautz Family YMCA Archives is located on the 3rd floor of the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the west bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

Elmer L. Andersen LibraryElmer L. Andersen Library Address:
318 Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455



The Archives are generally open for research Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The Wallin Research Center (the Archives and Special Collections reading room, located on the ground floor remains open until 7pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact us in advance if you would like materials available for your use at these times.

We are closed on certain University holidays. »More details on hours

We encourage you to contact us in advance of your visit so that we can have your research materials ready when you arrive, especially if you plan to come on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.

Research Fellowships Available

There are two fellowships available to provide financial assistance for those who wish to travel to the Archives to conduct research.

The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research for projects that require use of one or more of the collections in the University of Minnesota's Department of Archives and Special Collections, including the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. The application deadline is late September.

The Clarke Chambers Fellowship supports travel to do research in the Social Welfare History Archives or the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. Preference is given to dissertation writers and early-career scholars. The application deadline is April 15th.

»Full list of scholarships and fellowships available to Archives and Special Collections researchers