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Care & Handling
Manuscripts and archival materials are unique, irreplaceable, and often
fragile. We welcome your request to consult primary source material.
In order to ensure that these documents will be available for future
students and scholars, we ask that you read these guidelines and agree
to follow the instructions before beginning your research.
sure your hands are clean.
materials carefully, touching just the margins if possible.
not add or remove marks from the material.
document boxes on a black cart next to your chair; do not put boxes
on the Reading
all documents and folders flat on the Reading Room table during
not lay papers, notecards, books, or other objects on top of manuscript
or write on paper resting on top of manuscript
- Use white cotton gloves (available at the Monitor’s
Desk) while examining photographs and negatives.
one folder (or document) at a time. Return the folder to its correct
the document box before removing another
loose leaves carefully before returning them to their folder, leaving
edges to crease or tear.
- Maintain the order and arrangement of archival collections—this
includes the order of documents within a folder as well as the order
of folders within a box.
not separate documents or items from folders. (Please report any
regarding arrangement to the Reading Room monitor.)