Getting started

Anyone is welcome to use archival collections and rare materials in the University’s Archives and Special Collections departments. Due to the unique and historical nature of archival collections, all collections are kept in secure storage only accessible by staff and collection material can only be used in the Reading Room. 

Please contact unit staff for more information or to make an appointment. Archives and Special Collections unit webpages may also include links to digital content, online exhibits, and other helpful resources.

Making an appointment

Appointments are strongly encouraged. If staff know of your visit in advance, they can have time to retrieve the requested materials and have a chance to talk with you about your research needs. Staff usually cannot retrieve materials while you wait.

Please contact the unit that has the collections you wish to use to schedule a time for your research visit. 

What to expect when you arrive

When you arrive, please check in at the Information and Registration desk on the 2nd floor, room 219. You will be asked to complete a registration form and review the policies and procedures regarding the use of materials in the reading room.

Coats, bags and other personal items are not allowed in the Reading Room and can be stored in adjacent lockers.



Archives and Special Collections Reading Room in Andersen Library