Perkins School for the Blind is committed to making its archival collections accessible to researchers according to the guidelines below. You will be asked to sign a form indicating you agree to abide by these guidelines before you start your research. Access to Unprocessed Collections Unprocessed archival and manuscript collections are generally considered open for research, provided they are not restricted. However, the Archives may need to delay access for a reasonable period of time to inventory the records or stabilize fragile materials. Requests must be made at least one week in advance for any unprocessed collections Personal Belongings Staff will show you where you can store your backpacks, purses, binders, books, jackets, or any other personal items as these are not permitted in the research space. Reading Room 1. Appointments One week notification is required to view any unprocessed collections. 48 hours notification is required to view processed collections. A research application must be submitted with request for appointment. The Archives are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., with the exception of Perkins holidays. 2. Physical access Materials may be used only in the Reading Area. White paper is not permitted in the Reading Area; staff will provide yellow paper. Researchers may bring their own index cards for note taking. Only pencils (no pens), paper, computers, audio recorders, and cameras (including those on a phone) may be used to take notes. Laptop computers, digital cameras, audio recording devices, and handheld scanners are permitted. Staff will inspect all materials at the end of the appointment. Bags are not permitted in the area where the collections are being viewed. Perkins staff must be in the area at all times where the collections are being used. If a staff member is not available or must leave, patrons may be asked to delay or reschedule their visits. 3. Handling collections Wash your hands before handling archival materials, especially after handling food. All food and drink are strictly prohibited from the research space. Do not write on, lean on, or write over documents. Tracings may not be made. Be careful not to let laptops, notebooks, or other object rest on top of books or archival materials. Only acid-free slips (available from the staff) should be placed in materials to mark anything you would like copied, or to hold your place in the folder/container. Do not use Post-It notes. Use one folder from a box at a time and maintain the existing order within each folder and box. All materials should be viewed flat on the table. Use of these materials will be under the direct monitoring of the designated staff member. 4. Photocopies and Reproductions You may request photocopies and reproductions of materials. Staff make all photocopies and digital reproductions. Staff may need to review items to determine whether they are eligible for reproduction. Copies will only be made when they can be produced without any damage to the materials and will not violate United States copyright law. Some items may not be copied if they contain sensitive information. Materials that are available in a digital format may not be photocopied or scanned. You may be allowed to make copies using your own camera for personal use. Staff will confirm if this is allowed for the specific materials being used. A marker to identify that the copy is for research purposes only will be provided and must be included in the image/scan. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. When acknowledging Perkins as the source of materials in published works, please use this credit line: Courtesy of Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Mass.