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Access and Use Policies
Because archival records are unique, irreplaceable and often very fragile, we ask that you work with us as our partners in their preservation. Please observe our policies for access to and the use of these records so that we may preserve them for use by the next generation of researchers.
Before materials may be used, visitors must:
Coats, handbags, briefcases, backpacks, packages, and purses are not permitted in the research area. (They will be stored in the Archives coat closet.)
Researchers may bring only paper and pencils or a laptop computer for personal use in the research area.
Eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited throughout the Library. No food or beverages will be allowed in the research area.
Access to Stacks and Research Areas
The University Archives and Special Collections are closed-stack collections; researchers are not permitted in the stacks area. All materials must be brought to patrons by Archives staff, and must be used in the designated research areas only. No material may be removed from the Archives.
Access to Materials
The Archives subscribes to the standards for access to original research materials adopted by the Society of American Archivists and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Access to certain materials, however, may be restricted by statute, by office of origin, or by the donors. The researcher must assume full responsibility for fulfilling the terms connected with any restricted materials. The Archives also reserves the right to restrict the use of materials which are not arranged and/or which are fragile.
Researchers must fill out a call slip for each item requested. Researchers may request up to four books from the Jeffersoniana and Special Collections at one time. To assist the staff in maintaining the original order of the archival collections, researchers are asked to observe the following:
Because they are irreplaceable and often very fragile, archival and special collection materials must be handled with great care. Items must lie flat on the surface of the reading table; nothing should ever be placed on them, or written on them. Notes may be taken with pencil, typewriter, laptop computer, or tape recorder. No pens may be used in the research area.
The University Archives and Special Collections is a unit of
Academic & Instructional Support & Resources (AISR)
Thomas Jefferson University
1020 Walnut Street · Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-503-AISR / 215-503-2477
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