Research Procedures

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While we encourage patrons to visit our library to conduct their own research, we understand it is not always possible. For a pre-paid fee, reference department staff will search Phillips Library print, microfilm, and manuscript collections and respond to your inquiry. Please understand that we cannot guarantee results, but every effort will be made to assist you, and we will document all sources that we consult during the course of our research. Up to twenty (20) photocopied pages of source material and shipping fees are included in the research fee.

Research requests may be made in writing by conventional mail or email and must be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 for non-members or $20.00 for members for up to one hour’s research. Please allow four to six weeks for a response to your request from the time of its receipt. Requests are handled in the order in which they are received. Research Request Form [PDF Format].