Misericordia University Library
Misericordia University Archives Rules
Procedure for Obtaining Materials
Each researcher must complete a "Researcher Application"
form (below) for every research project in order to establish
his/her identity, and to assist the Archives staff in locating
potentially useful sources. (Data from this form may be
used for statistical and research topic summaries.)
Sign the guest register.
Only one box or volume of requested material will be
issued at a time. Photographs are normally made available
one folder at a time.
The researcher is responsible for returning all materials
to a staff member; no materials may leave the Archives,
nor may they be transferred to another researcher. A College
administrative unit may request the temporary return of
its own records for administrative purposes.
As a security measure, the Archives reserves the right
to inspect all articles used at the reading tables. While
in the reading area, please store coats and personal belongings
(briefcases, knapsacks, purses, etc.) in the area provided
for this purpose.
Care of Material
All materials must be handled with care. Do not bend
or fold materials. Marks may neither be added nor erased;
tracing and rubbing are prohibited. Loose sheets and volume
pages should be handled by their edges. Please do not touch
the surface of photographic prints. Cotton gloves (supplied
by the Archives) must be worn in certain circumstances.
Remove only one folder from a box at a time. Do not remove
material from the folders. Maintaining the exact order of
material in a folder and folder within a box is of singular
importance. If a mistake in arrangement is discovered, please
call it to the attention of the staff person; do not re-arrange
Due to the potential harmful residue from ink, only pencils
and laptop computers may be used for taking notes. In addition
to archival materials, pencils and papers will be provided
Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited
in the reading room.
Restriction of Use
Restriction of Use
1. The use of certain materials is restricted by statute,
by the office of origin, or by the donor. For the protection
of its collections, the Archives also reserves the right
to restrict access to records which are not arranged, are
being processed, or are exceptionally valuable or fragile.
In some cases copies may be substituted for the originals.
Responsibility for infringing upon copyright rests with
the researcher and not the Archives. The staff will, however,
assist the researcher in obtaining the necessary permission
to publish materials in the collection.