What should I know before visiting the Archives?

The Archives is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding state and government holidays. There is a free visitor parking lot to the east of our building, as well as on-street parking. We have public computers patrons are welcome to use, or if you prefer to bring your own device, we have free public Wi-Fi.

How much time should I plan to spend at the Archives?

While patrons are welcome to visit anytime during our normal hours, we encourage you to leave time for the unexpected. Discoveries and new questions unearthed during research may lead you down different avenues than you had originally anticipated. Certain tasks—like deciphering hard-to-read handwritten documents or researching primary materials—may take more time. Also, consider the option of a return visit to the archives in case you need to verify information, check additional materials, or pursue something you had not thought of earlier.

Are there entrance fees to visit or research in the Archives?

The Archives is always free to visit and conduct research in-house. Please note, there are fees associated with making photocopies. However, copies are free for students.

Do I need to make an appointment to visit the Archives?

There is no need to make an appointment prior to your visit and walk-ins are welcome. However, if you would like to contact us prior to your visit, please fill out a contact form.

Can I access the Archives’ collections from home?

The finding aids to our collections are available online here. Please note, aside from many photograph collections, the contents of the collection must be accessed on-site.

How can I request an archivist to conduct research? What are the costs associated with research?

To submit a request for research, please fill out the form on our Genealogy Research page. Research generally costs $45 and a nominal fee for scans and copies.

Can I take pictures of documents at the Archives?

Patrons are welcome to take photographs (with a camera or smartphone) of most of our documents. The Archives also has handheld scanners that are available for use.

How do I donate a collection to the Archives?

Visit our Donate a Collection page to learn more about donating a collection.

How can I volunteer at the Archives?

Visit our Volunteer at the Archives page to learn more about volunteering at the Archives.