Archives and Special Collections is open to all qualified researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation. Upon arrival, patrons will complete a patron registration form, present a valid photo ID, and agree to follow the department's Terms of Access and Use in order to use the collection. Paper, pencils, laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras, and cell phones may be used in the reading room. 

To learn more about conducting archival research at Mount Holyoke, please see our zine on the subject!

The department follows the Guidelines for Access to Original Research Materials, a joint statement of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. We also adhere to the Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections developed by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries. 

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