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Access to Collections

Collections range from fully processed (definition) collections with complete finding aids (definition) to unprocessed collections with only box lists. Most collections are open to research, but a few carry access restrictions. These are noted in our collection list and in the finding aids.

In general, it's a good idea to contact the SSC reference staff before planning a visit to to alert the reference staff to your research topic and which collections you wish to view. Then we can provide finding aids if they are not available online, and inform you of any access restrictions.

Please note that access to some materials may not be immediate. For collections housed in remote storage we require 48 hours advance notice of your visit.

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"The Joannex," one of the SSC's off-site storage areas. Photograph by Diana Davies.

Researchers planning a visit may wish to complete our reference forms ahead of time and bring them with you when you visit).

Audiovisual materials

In order to preserve the originals, in-house access to audiovisual materials may be delayed as long as 2-3 weeks to allow time to produce copies. There may be additional cost to the researcher for large numbers of items or for formats not supported by the campus media lab that need to be sent off-site for reformatting. Note that copyright law prohibits duplication of certain items.

For more information, see Duplication services.

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