Reading Room Policies

Many of the items in the collection are rare or fragile and their use or reproduction will be advised on a case by case basis. Certain collections may be restricted such as:

  • Unprocessed collections
  • Institutional archives

Collections may be restricted from viewing, use or reproduction at the discretion of the Archivist or Museum Director.

All archival material in the collection are non-circulating and must be used in the Reading Room only. 

The use of digital cameras (flash off) is allowed.

Staff will perform any scanning or copying requested by a researcher. Bringing your own scanner is not allowed.

Personal belongings must kept on the floor, not on tables.

Water is the only food/beverage allowed and must be kept on the floor.

While material is in your hands, please respect it and handle it with care.

  • Do not rearrange the order in which materials are delivered to you.
  • Only pencils may be used for note taking. No pens or markers.
  • Materials should not be leaned on, marked, erased, or folded.
  • Books should not be opened face down, or bookmarked with objects such as pencils, rulers, other books, etc.  To mark your place, use paper only: please ask the Archivist. Do not use paper clips or post-it notes.
  • Always handle collection materials with clean hands.
  • Latex/nitrile gloves are provided for handling photographs. 

Reproduction and use of most archival material is allowed. Some collections have copyright restrictions. Please inquire with the Archivist for pricing.

 

 

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