Request access to Manuscripts and Archives Division materials

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Please provide name and contact information of a person familiar with your project. If conducting personal/independent research, include contact information of a professional or personal reference and the nature of your relationship (may not be someone directly related to you, or with whom you share an address).
Understanding your research subject, scope,and purpose allows the archivists to identify (other) pertinent collections for you and better prepare for your visit. Please provide a detailed description of your research project. If appropriate, specify the particular aspect of your project that you will be investigating with our collections. Also specify what you hope to find in the collection(s) you plan to consult (e.g, correspondence between particular individuals, meeting minutes from certain dates, or photographs of certain places).
Rules for using Manuscripts and Archives Division collections
  1. Division staff will determine which materials can be made available for use and when surrogates must be used in lieu of originals.
  2. Only paper, pencils, and laptops without cases (i.e., items necessary for research) are permitted for use with Manuscript Division collections. Please bring a photo ID, which must be presented to Division staff upon arrival.
  3. All jackets, bags, purses, and pens must be checked in the Library's coat room on the ground floor, adjacent to the north entrance (42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues). Food and drink are not permitted.
  4. Necessary personal belongings can be brought to the reading room in the clear "Researcher Bag" obtainable from coat room staff. All personal items are subject to examination by Library staff upon entering and leaving. The "Researcher Bag" must be kept on the floor during collection use.
  5. Mobile phones must be turned off prior to entering the Reading Room.
  6. Photography of the room or collection materials is not permitted. All duplication is carried out by Library staff.
  7. Researchers interested in publishing or citing materials are required to submit a permissions request to the Division, specifying the item(s) cited and the title, publisher, publication date of the impending work.
  8. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information.Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications.
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