Center for Archival Collections
The Center for Archival Collections is open to the public and welcomes both on-campus and off-campus users. A few basic procedures are listed below which provide for both the access to and continued preservation of the historically valuable documents at the CAC. Scholars and the general public will find much useful information for their research visit in the online Libguide.
Closed Stacks: All materials at the CAC are in closed stacks and do not circulate. Visitors wishing to examine CAC materials must complete a researcher request form. A reference section is available for browsing and two computer terminals allow users to search the library catalog.
Catalog: All CAC materials appear in the on-line catalog. Be sure to record the entire call number as well as the author and title of the material you wish to use. All of this information must be given on the CAC request form.
Rules Governing Access: Visitors may bring computers, paper, pencil, and necessary notebooks into the research room. No pens are allowed. All other materials must be stored in lockers provided by the CAC.
Copying: Photocopying services are available at the CAC, using a BG-1 copy card or payment invoice. CAC staff reserve the right to prohibit the copying of rare or fragile documents.
Scanning: Scanning services are available as time permits. Requests are handled by CAC staff who reserve the right to prohibit the scanning of rare or fragile documents. Costs are charged per image scanned. Please plan for a minimum of two business days to complete the request.
Patrons requesting general information about the CAC's manuscripts, newspapers, and other holdings can contact us by telephone, electronic mail, or regular mail.
Requests for genealogical searches must include the name of the individual to be searched for, the type and location of record, and the dates to be searched. Queries which lack this data will be delayed. Please include your full name and postal address, as well as your e-mail address in the body of the message. Information for credit card payment authorization may be given over the telephone. All electronic requests will be acknowledged through e-mail, but then completed through the U.S. Postal Service.
For suggestions about writing a query, please see our Genealogy Aids.
Remember: Please include your full name and postal address as well as your e-mail address in the body of the message!
Send your reference questions to Ask an Archivist.