During the University's transition to a fully-online format, the staff in Special Collections and University Archives (SC&UA) is working diligently to provide the best possible support for UMW's students, faculty, and researchers working with our collections. We want you to know that you do have options to remotely access a great deal of our unique materials, and that we are here to help!
Hours and Services
The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room and the Digital Archiving Lab will be closed until August 24.
Starting August 24, we will be open by appointment only.
While we understand this may pose an inconvenience for many hoping to access our materials in person, please know that we are still here to provide assistance remotely.
Our Special Collections and University Archives team offers a number of ways to access reference help remotely. We are available to work with you in the format with which you're the most comfortable, be it email, phone, videoconferencing, or screen sharing. Individual contact information for each of our staff members is listed at the bottom of the page, or you can reach out to the department by emailing email@example.com.
Some of the online collaborative tools available to users include:
Special Collections and University Archives has a rich collection of digital materials available online and publicly accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Access is available to these online collections listed below.
The Digital Archiving Lab will be closed during the remote teaching period. However, our Digital Resources Librarian is here to help support students and faculty with their digitization needs during this time.
For classes currently engaged in digital projects with the DAL, we will make every effort to support you remotely. Contact Angie Kemp to discuss virtual meeting possibilities, which can include phone, email, or videoconferencing.
Requests for digitization of archival and rare material should be made using this form.
(Please note that this is separate from the library's general digitization request form, which can be found on the "Accessing Library Resources Online" page of this guide).
Because some of our unique items can be fragile or covered by specific copyright restrictions, please note that not all materials in our physical collections are available for digitization. Please contact us if you have questions about whether the item you need is available for digitization.
We encourage the UMW community to talk with us about active digital preservation and archiving strategies, especially during this rapidly changing time. Some resources to help you with your own archiving practices are listed below.
If you're recording your personal experiences during the pandemic, have you considered donating your materials to the University Archives? Please visit our blog or our Call to Contribute page for more information.
At this time, SC&UA is unable to review or accept physical materials for donation or transfer to our collections.
If you have questions regarding a possible donation or transfer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can speak with you about the process and work with you to arrange a follow-up once it is safe to do so.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please continue to direct any questions regarding public records and retention schedules to Sarah Appleby, Records Coordinator. We are happy to continue to work with you remotely through any of the methods previously mentioned above.