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Rules and Regulations

A Few things to Know Before Your Visit
1.) No Smoking, eating (gum and candy included), or drinking is permitted in the Reading Rooms.

2.) Flash photography and personal scanners are not permitted. If you wish to use your camera, you must sign read and sign a permissions form. These forms can be found on our LibGuide page.

3.) All briefcases, bags, and personal effects not essential to work must be stored in a place designated for that purpose.

4.) Cell phones must be turned off or in silent (no vibrate) mode at all times. If you wish to use your cell phone to talk or text, you must step outside the reading room to do so.

5.) Notes must be taken with pencil, tape recorder, laptop, or typewriter. Ink pens of any kind may not be used.

6.) Papers are generally in an established order. If each item in a folder is turned like a page, the existing order in the folder will be preserved. Please notify a staff member if any pages are apparently misfiled.

7.) All responsibility for securing permissions to publish from unpublished manuscripts in which literary property rights (copyright) are retained is assumed by the user of the material.

8.) If you have questions about archival research or have never visited an archives before, you may find the Society of American Archivists’ “Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research” helpful. You will find information about what you need to know before using an archives, how to make requests, what an archives is and how it differs from a traditional library, and how to use archival collections in general.

Other Regulations
1.) When you arrive you will be asked to sign in and fill out an application for research which will be valid for one year.
You will be asked to state your home address and phone number, purpose for research, materials desired on this form.

2.) A form of ID (student, faculty, military, driver’s license, passport, etc.) is required.

3.) Materials may be photocopied at the discretion of the archivists.
Archivists will determine what may or may not be photocopied. An archivist will make the copies for patrons.

4.) Please keep materials flat on the worktable. Do not hold items up to read in your hands or in your lap.  Do lean or write on the materials

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