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Research Services


The Research Archives will be closed from December 11, 2020 to January 7, 2021. Remote Research Services will not be available during this time.

Remote Research Services will resume January 7, 2021. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the end of the year.

For requests from the Photo Store, the last day we can accept print orders up to 16″x20″ is December 21 for fulfilllment before December 23. For other enlargements, the last day we can accept print orders is December 17 for fulfillment before December 23. Orders received after those times will be fulfilled after January 4.

Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus we are not accepting in-person appointments until further notice.

We are currently working on providing our visitors and researchers with digital access to our collections and are able to answer some questions via email or telephone on a limited basis.

For questions related to the Collections Department including the Photo Collection, Object Collection, and/or the Document Archives please email


To view the History Center’s online research catalog click HERE

To view the History Center’s online photo gallery click HERE

For a list of Archival Collections and Finding Aids click HERE

To learn more about the History Center’s Object Collection click HERE

For a list of useful Research Resources click this HERE

For an FAQ on Appraisals, Restoration, and Conservation click HERE

To Donate an Artifact please click HERE and submit a donation form

For all other inquiries please email