Archives & Special Collections

Using the Archives

How do I get started?

Archives staff can assist you. E-mail archives.lawlib@uconn.edu or call 860-570-5032.

When is Archives & Special Collections open?

Collections are open to researchers from the University of Connecticut community and members of the public. Researchers are required to make an appointment to consult the collection. Please contact Archives staff at archives.lawlib@uconn.edu to make an appointment. You will need to fill out a request form and present valid identification to use the materials.

How do I find books in Special collections?

Search the online catalogue on the Library website and note the information of the book you wish to request.

May I browse the Special Collections & Archives stacks to find titles?

No. The stacks are closed and only library staff can enter.

What documents are online?

The Library is a member of the Connecticut Digital Archives and materials are being added on an ongoing basis. Please contact the archivist for more information or search the Connecticut Digital Archives.

How do I request to use materials in Special Collections & Archives?

You may request to use materials using this request form

How many items may I request?

Researchers may request up to 5 volumes and 10 archival boxes; however, only one document box may be viewed at a time.

Can I check out materials from Archives & Special Collections?

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the library. The Usage Policy governs the use of materials in these collections.

Will the Archives & Special Collections staff do research for me?

We will answer reference questions but will not perform extensive research.

How do I obtain copies of documents? And what does it cost?

Photocopying is not permitted because it can damage material in poor or fragile condition. Staff can scan materials, but we cannot scan whole works or large quantities of documents. All copies are made at the discretion of the staff by filling out this form. There is no cost, and, in most cases, we will scan documents within 5 business days.

May I use my camera to copy documents?

Patrons may take digital photographs of collection materials for private study, scholarship and research purposes only, and as allowed by the library, based on the physical condition of the materials, copyright law, donor restrictions, and reading room rules. For our complete policy and to request permission to photograph materials in our collection, please read and complete this form.

Do I need permission to publish materials from Special Collection & Archives?

Yes. Permission to view materials is not an authorization to publish from them. A separate written request for permission to publish must be made identifying the items to be published. Further permission to publish must be obtained from the owner(s) of the copyright. Each researcher must assume full responsibility for any legal questions that may arise as a result of use of materials.

How can I donate historical or archival materials?

Archives staff will be happy to talk to you about your donation. Please email us with your donation information. The staff are not professional appraisers and cannot recommend booksellers to evaluate your materials. The Law School is always seeking written recollections, photographs and other memorabilia as part of our efforts to have a comprehensive history of the school.