While our collections must be treated with special care, materials may be viewed by Salem State faculty, staff, students as well as outside scholars, public historians, genealogists, and interested members of the community. Use of these collections is strongly encouraged and visitors to the Archives & Special Collections are always welcome.
Many items from our collections, including photographs, booklets, and yearbooks, have been digitized and made accessible. Before requesting an appointment search our Digital Collections for the materials you are interested in.
The Reading Room is available year-round to researchers by appointment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. To arrange and plan your visit, please contact the archivist, Susan Edwards by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 978-542-6781. The Archives & Special Collections Reading Room is located in Room G001 on the ground floor of Salem State's Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons.
We strongly suggest contacting the Archives prior to your visit, so that we can better serve you by having materials and staff available for your arrival. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please let us know in a timely manner so that we may accommodate other researchers.
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Reading Room Rules
No food or drink allowed
Keep bags, coats, and belongings off of the tables
Handle all items with clean, dry hands
Handle all items with care
Do not lean on or write on top of items
Do not write on, mark, fold, or alter archival materials in any way
Keep items and folders in the original order received
Only use pencil while in the Reading Room