Research Assistance

The staff of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is available to assist researchers in their work. We can provide collection overviews, instruction on how to locate materials in the collection, and answers to basic research questions. Staff members are also able to assist researchers with the proper handling of collection material. Gloves, book cradles, and weights will be provided as needed. Special Collections materials do not circulate and cannot leave the SCRC reading room. 

Research inquiries are accepted in person, online, or by telephone. 

For in depth research questions, we recommend that researchers visit in person and make arrangements to view materials that will assist in their project. Please note that requests to view specific materials should be made 24-48 hours in advance because most collections are stored off-site. 

If researchers are not able to visit in person, the Special Collections Research Staff can provide a list of researchers for hire. To request this list, please contact us online. The SCRC only compiles this list and cannot recommend specific researchers. Any and all negotations concerning fees are the responsiblity of the patron and the researcher.