Before you make your first appointment to see materials in the reading room, here are some guidelines for research visits. Your assistance in maintaining these standards of care will ensure these materials are available for generations to come.
1. You will be asked to produce a photo ID on signing into the Reading Room.
2. Laptops, notebooks and pencils (no ink) are permitted in the reading room. All other items must be placed in the secure coat area.
3. Food and drink are prohibited in the reading room.
4. Wifi and outlets are available in the reading room.
5. Materials must remain in the reading room at all times. Researchers may use one box of archival materials at a time, one folder at a time. Archival materials must be returned in their original order. Museum staff will handle all artwork and artifacts.
6. Researchers may use one microfilm reel at a time. A staff member will provide and return each reel. Microfilm readers are equipped with a printer, and there is a scanner. Pease consult our Reproduction Policy for pricing information.
7. Access to certain items may be limited due to condition or other reasons established by the staff. Researchers may be required to wear gloves (provided), use a book cradle for fragile books, or be assisted by staff when handling certain types of materials.
8. A hand-held camera is permitted to make images for personal use. Use of flash, special lighting, and extra equipment is prohibited. SPC/Walsh Gallery reserves the right to prohibit the photographing of any of its holdings.
9. For items that cannot be easily imaged with a personal camera, or images for publication, you may request a high quality image to made by staff using this form. Copyright clearances are the responsibility of the researcher.
10. Researchers who do not follow these procedures for handling materials will be asked to leave.