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Reading Room Policies

The Archives staff will be pleased to have all researchers share their names and contact information in the visitor’s registry. We welcome the opportunity to stay in touch with you regarding future events and newly-obtained materials.

Laptops, portable scanners and cameras (no flash photography) are permitted in the Archives Reading Room at the discretion of the Archivist. Pens are permitted, except when viewing original documents and manuscripts. Pencils are provided.

In general, Subject Files and bound materials are open to the public for browsing. Visitors are requested to return files without changing the arrangement of documents within them. Please notify the Archivist of any concerns you may have.

Historical Public Records and certain other collections are stored in an environmentally controlled vault. Indexes and finding aids are available for these materials. The researcher may request specific materials and the Archivist will retrieve a few at a time. The Archivist may retain a drivers license until the materials are returned.

The Archivist is happy to copy materials for a standard fee determined by state statute. It may not be possible to copy some over-sized or particularly delicate materials. The Archives has a large scanner available that can accommodate most materials. Feel free to bring an external storage device (i.e., thumb drive) for downloads.

Researchers have the responsibility of respecting copyright laws and contacting copyright holders for appropriate permissions.

Please – no food, gum or drinks. Archival materials and other public records may not be removed from the Archives. We do not lend out materials.

Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by adults. Field trips are encouraged and should be arranged well in advance.