Information For Researchers

 

Important Announcement

22 September, 2020 at 9:40 AM

In an effort to assist the University with its Learn from Anywhere (LfA) initiative, remote reference services will be prioritized for members of the Boston University Community, principally current students, faculty and staff. Reference requests from outside of the Boston University Community will be answered as staff time allows, in the order in which they were received.

For further questions, please contact archives@bu.edu., and for assistance (via Chat, Email or Zoom Consultation) visit Ask a Librarian. 

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Our goal is to make your research experience as efficient, enriching, and pleasant as possible. We ask that you make an appointment in advance to schedule your visit. We know that your time is valuable, and with some preparation, we will assist you in making the most of your visit. Please review the webpage and the variety of tools we make available to you to assist with your work. We hope that our facility and our dedicated and helpful staff with make your work more productive and meaningful. We look forward to assisting you with your research.

Please prepare for your visit to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center by reading the list of Rules & Guidelines which govern the use of our materials. Please note that our rules are designed to protect the physical and intellectual property rights of our collectees.

How To Use Our Collections

The research process at the Gotlieb Center begins with a written query. We have a tremendous number of requests that come in daily and having your request in writing with all the details of your project and your contact information helps facilitate our response. The Gotlieb Center provides reference services but does not provide research services.

Please email your query to archives@bu.edu If you are returning forms for approval or wish to contact us via post or fax, the contact information is as follows:

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Boston University
ATTN: Public Service
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
FAX: 617-353-2838
 
Photocopies and Scans

The archival staff will review all requests for duplication of materials. The staff considers requests in adherence with the Gotlieb Center's policies on duplication and in adherence with the Copyright Law of the United States of America and related laws contained in Title 17 of the United States Code (specifically 107. Limitations on exclusive rights. Fair Use). With written permission from the collectee or their literary executor, we may be able to make photocopies or scans of material and send the copies to you. We have strict limits on the number of copies we will make for your project, please consult the Photocopy Policy for details. You will still be required to fill out the Application for the use of Manuscript Collections and other appropriate forms. You will be responsible for paying all charges and fees in advance, before receiving your copies.

Proxy Researchers

If you are unable to visit the Center in person, you may employ a proxy researcher. However, both you and your proxy researcher must complete the Application for the use of Manuscript Collections form in order to access the collections. The Boston University "Quickie Job" site allows you to post a research position if you would like to hire a Boston University student to conduct your proxy research.

Forms
(Left-click to open, right-click and select "Save As" to download)
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
This form must be filled out, signed and submitted for approval in order to publish any manuscript material from the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. This includes placing the material on a webpage.
This form must be filled out, signed and submitted for approval in order to publish any photographic material from the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. This includes placing the material on a webpage.
This form must be filled out when requesting photocopies from a collection.
This application must be filled out when requesting material to be reproduced. This includes photographs, scans, and audio.
This is the list of rules that must be followed in order to view any of the manuscript collections housed in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
This application must be filled out and signed before access to any manuscript collection is given.
These are the directions for finding the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.