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Research Help and Reference Services

The collections and resources of 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 DCA, by sending an email, 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 – 4 pm, Monday through Friday, except University Holidays. Link to our Reading Room calendar.

All researchers are required to create a Tufts Archives and Special Collections Research (TASCR) account. Your TASCR account allows you to request materials directly through the Digital Library and our finding aids as well as the Tufts University Library Catalog. Your account also allows you to maintain a record of your requests, manage your requests 24 hours a day, order copies and scans, and plan ahead to make the most of your visit to our Reading Room.

While no appointment is necessary, you may wish to contact us in advance to make sure that we can make your trip worthwhile. Scheduling a visit in advance will allow staff to retrieve offsite materials (please allow two business days) and have them ready in the Reading Room when you arrive.

Offsite Reference Service

Digital Collection and Archives welcomes all inquiries 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.


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