During the unique circumstances of the Fall 2020 semester, the staff in Special Collections and University Archives (SC&UA) continues to work 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 have several options to access a great deal of our unique materials, remotely or in person, and that we are here to help!
Hours and Services
The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room and the Digital Archiving Lab is open M-F by appointment only*.
*If you have an on-site appointment, please review the guidelines before arriving.
We are also still here to provide assistance remotely and are happy to arrange virtual services.
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.
Beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, the Digital Archiving Lab is open M-F by appointment only. Contact Angie Kemp, Digital Resources Librarian, to arrange an on-site appointment or to schedule a remote consultation.
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.
SC&UA is accepting physical materials for donation or transfer to our collections on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions regarding a possible donation or transfer, please contact Carolyn Parsons, Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
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.