Collections: Research Services Policies

Policies Governing Use of Museum, Archives and Library Collections Availability & Access




  • 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.]

Last updated: November 1, 2016

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