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Research Help and Reference Services

The collections and resources of the Digital Collections and Archives are open to the public subject to our access policy. Before visiting the archives, we suggest that you write or call in advance to ensure the availability of records relevant to your research.

You may send a reference inquiry by contacting the DCA, by sending an e-mail, or by calling Public Services staff at 617.627.3737.

If you are beginning a large research project, thesis or dissertation, you might find it helpful to schedule a appointment with the Public Services and Outreach Archivist to discuss your research needs and interests and to determine what collections might be useful in your work.

Onsite Reference Service

The Reading Room is open from 9 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday, except University Holidays.

While no appointment is necessary, calling ahead will allow DCA staff to retrieve materials in advance and have them ready in the Reading Room when you arrive. Staff will not be able to retrieve records after 3:45 pm. Retrieval for records stored offsite will take 24 hours.

Offsite Reference Service

Digital Collection and Archives welcomes all inquires about our collections, and reference staff routinely answer questions for users who are unable to visit our Reading Room. Our reference staff can spend 60 minutes of research time responding to inquiries. If the inquiry is more complicated than can be addressed in this time frame, we can often refer you to a consultant or independent researcher who can complete the research for a fee.

Reproductions and Use

Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University (DCA) provides use copies of materials to facilitate private study, scholarship, and research. We welcome you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law. For more information, please see Reproductions and Use.