Answered By: Sara Janes
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2016     Views: 48

The material in the archives is unique, irreplaceable, and often old or fragile. You'll be asked to follow rules designed to protect and prevent damage to the material, so it can continue to be used.

No food or drink should be brought into the Archives.

You may be asked to wear gloves to handle some material.

Staff will be with you in the Archives as you work, both to supervise and to help.

Only staff will retrieve and return materials to the shelves. You will be given one box at a time. 

Some archival material is restricted, most commonly to protect someone's privacy. You may need to wait to get approval to see some files, and you may not be allowed to see some files. 

Some material is fragile or very sensitive to light, and might not be able to be copied for those reasons.