Every effort is made to make sure that researchers are able to use the University Archives & Special Collections to further their education and scholarship. However, in some cases, archival materials may not be readily accessible and usable. These restrictions come in many varieties, but they are generally legally related, classified, sensitive, or mandated by the government (i.e., FERPA).
Here is a short list of possible reasons why materials in the Denison Archives may be unavailable:
Privacy: Some materials have sensitive information for a variety of reasons. Some examples include: current or recent institutional records or the existence of personally identifiable information. In some cases, we may be able to redact the sensitive information, but in some cases we may not be able to provide access to them all together.
Unprocessed collections: If archival collections have not yet been cataloged and included in the main collection, they may be unavailable for access. This is to prevent us from losing or damaging materials that we don't know about yet.
Fragile condition: If the materials are simply be too fragile to be handled by researchers, we may have restricted access to them or we may ask you to wear gloves. This is particularly important when dealing with photographs or rare books.
Alumni transcripts: All requests for archived transcripts should go through the Alumni Relations office. Read more here: https://alumni.denison.edu/transcripts/.
Technical access restrictions: Some materials may require certain equipment to be access, such as a microfilm reader, cassette player, or other technical instrument. The Archives will make every effort to obtain the correct equipment, but in the event that the equipment is unavailable, the materials may be unavailable for access.
Materials on loan: In rare cases, we may loan materials to other institutions for exhibit or to originating offices for their records. If this is the case, the materials may not be accessible in the Archives or researchers may be directed to the place of exhibit to see the materials.
Restrictions beyond our control: Some materials may be legally restricted due to terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing, and trademarks.
Patrons who believe that information in the restricted files will be of use in their research may email the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian to request access to the restricted files, indicating the purpose of research and a description of use, which will be evaluated on an individual basis.
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