You are welcome to drop by during our business hours. These are, however, some tips to get the most out of your visit to the archives:
Access and Privacy
Due to the personal nature of some of the information captured in archival records, some files may be restricted in full or in part. To apply for access to this restricted material an Application to Restricted Records by bonafide researchers will be required to be reviewed and approved by the University FOIP/OP Officer. Contact the archives for more details.
Archives consist of materials known as "primary sources" in the humanities and "gray literature" in the sciences. Archival materials are unique and often have had little to any scholarly attention. This makes archival materials extremely valuable to scholars who are looking for a new lens through which to focus their research. Archival materials offer an unfiltered glimpse into the past and as such archives are extremely multidisciplinary. For this reason archives can be difficult to search when looking for something very specific. However, having a general topic of interest with significant contextual knowledge (i.e. know the major figures and organizations) can result in a very fruitful archival search. The greatest research aid in archival research is the knowledge of the archivist themselves as archivists are often the only ones who have directly worked with these materials since they were first created. Archivists strive to make this knowledge accessible through finding aids but some information undoubtedly gets missed.