Using the Archives

Archives entranceMaterials are housed in the Archives because they are unique and of long-term historical interest. Due to this nature of the materials, we ask that researchers adhere to the following policies:

  • You do not need a Lawrence identification card or a library card to use materials. However, we do ask that all researchers sign in upon entering the Archives.
  • No food or beverage is permitted in the Archives.
  • When working with archival materials, only paper, pencils, laptops, and other reference materials may be used.
  • Collections must be handled with care. Materials cannot be marked or folded, and their existing order must be maintained. Gloves are not recommended unless you are directly handling photographs or artifacts.
  • Please maintain quiet in deference to other researchers in the Archives. We ask that you turn your cell phone to vibrate and answer it outside of the Archives.
  • Researchers are welcome to bring their own cameras for photographing materials, as long as flash is turned off. A photocopier/scanner is available for use in the Archives.

For a helpful introduction to conducting archival research, see this guide from the Society of American Archivists.

Copyright and Use Policy

The LU Archives welcomes the use of materials in our collections for private study, scholarship, or research. When possible, we are happy to provide copies/reproductions for these purposes. Researchers should be aware that materials may be protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). The LU Archives does not hold the copyright for all materials in our collections and cannot grant permission to publish materials for which we do not hold the copyright.

Written permission from the copyright holders and/or other rights holders is required for publication, distribution, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use. Researchers obtaining reproductions of materials from our collections assume all responsibility for determining whether any permissions relating to copyright or any other rights are required for their intended use and for obtaining those permissions.

For more information, Society of American Archivists offers a helpful introduction to copyright and unpublished material.