Use of the archives collections by the public and park staff is by appointment with the research center manager.
Access to materials is dependent upon their physical condition, the level of processing to-date by the NPS, restrictions imposed by donors and the discretion of the research center manager.
All research must be done on-site in the research center.
Approval of all research requests will be based on availability of the research center staff to assist researchers.
The research center staff requests that the researcher read the abstracts in the archival guide or finding aids before requesting to view any collection of documents.
To ensure the conservation and security of these resources, browsing is not permitted.
When crediting the park, list "National Park Service"; the full park name; collection title; the catalog, box, folder, and image numbers; and credit the creator of the item (e.g., photographer) if known.
Example: Courtesy of National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore; Treganza Archaeology Records, Cat. # PORE 6679, Box 4, Folder 10
Only lead pencils, not pens or markers, may be used for note taking.
Use of scanners, portable photocopy machines, and cameras (including digital cameras) may damage materials and infringe on copyright and must be approved by the research center manager.
Use of tape recorders, typewriters, and portable computers is subject to security procedures. Use of any equipment must not bother other researchers.
Only approved beverage containers will be allowed in the research center.
Copying is available within reasonable limits at 15 cents per page.
The research center will close if no supervisory staff is available.
Researchers must maintain quiet in the research center.
Researchers may not remove any archival or manuscript materials from the research center except with direct permission of the archivist/research center manager.
Researchers may work with archival or manuscript materials only in the research center, not in museum storage or staff work spaces.
The park reserves the right to limit access to fragile or restricted collections.
The park archives are not a lending library. Archival material will not be taken off-site.
Researchers will work with only one document from one folder from one box of materials at a time to avoid damaging a collection's original order.
Researchers who disregard these rules or endanger the records or the work of others will be denied access.
Permission to obtain a copy for scholarly purposes does not constitute permission to publish [See Copyright and Privacy Restrictions Statement, Appendix I.]
(415) 464-5100 This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.