Misericordia University Library
Researcher Application

Misericordia University Archives Rules

Procedure for Obtaining Materials

  1. 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.)
  2. Sign the guest register.
  3. Only one box or volume of requested material will be issued at a time. Photographs are normally made available one folder at a time.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 material yourself.
  3. 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 for researchers.
  4. Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited in the reading room.

    Restriction of Use
  1. 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.

Researcher Application

Misericordia University Archives



Faculty/Staff Graduate Student Undergraduate Other

Local Address

Permanent Address (if different)

Purpose of Research:
Book Term Paper Historical Preservation
Article Class Project Legal Investigation
Dissertation Exhibit College Unit Use of Records
Thesis Media Project Personal Interest
Seminar Paper Family History Other
Brief Description of Topic

Note: This information is requested, and a meeting with an Archives staff member is encouraged, so that we may be able to make all relevant materials available.

I have read and agree to abide by the Misericordia University Archives "Reading Room Rules" as shown aabove. I realize I am responsible for conforming to copyright, right-to-privacy, libel, slander, and any other applicable statutes. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the College, its officers, employees, and agents from any and all claims resulting from the use of materials in Misericordia University Archives. I understand that failure to comply with these rules may result in the denial of access to the collections.

Digital Signature Date

In the event that it appears to the Archives staff that your research parallels that of another researcher, do you wish to have your name, address and research topic released to the other researcher?

Yes No (Please initial)