Before you visit Archives or Special Collections, there are some preparatory steps you should complete. This helps ensure that you will have access to the relevant materials and be able to make the best use of your time and the time of the archivist, curator, or other staff. Keep in mind that Archives and Special Collections are not open stacks. This means you are not allowed to show up and browse the shelves for materials. You will need to request items you wish to consult ahead of time. This could be anywhere from a few minutes to a week or two in advance.
Policies and Procedures to Use Materials
Policies and procedures vary from one place to another. Check the website for specific details or contact the department of Special Collections or the Archives for information. Below are a few general guidelines.