Using the Archives

The archives are open to the public and anyone is welcome to visit and view the collections.

Learn about our Collecting Areas

We understand that traveling to the archives is not always feasible, but most of our collections are only available for in-person viewing.

This requires:

  1. Exploring our Collections to find what you would like to see.
  2. Traveling to the Science Library on the UAlbany Uptown Campus.
  3. Visiting our Reading Room on the 3rd floor during business hours.
  4. Requesting to view certain selections
    • "I would like to see the Narcotics Committee Files from the Correctional Association of New York Records"
    • "May I see Box 2 of Series 3 of the Helen Quirini Papers?"
    • "I would like to view the Myskania Records"

No appointment is necessary, but advance notice will help staff ensure that the items you wish to view are available when you arrive. A small percentage of our collections are not stored in the Science Library and require additional time to transport to our Reading Room.

Researchers requesting to review unprocessed collections (those without finding aids or detailed inventories) should contact department staff in advance.

Check out Hours and Directions for more details.

Schedule a Visit

We are able to digitize certain items on request. There may or may not be a charge for this service, depending upon the collection, the amount of material, and how difficult the item is to digitize.

Remote requests that are less likely to incur fees:

  • Public Records from the University Archives
  • Small volumes of records on good paper that can be sheet fed
  • Items that are often requested or viewed
  • University Archives requests made by university faculty or staff

Remote requests that are likely to incur fees:

  • Large volumes of materials
  • Items with preservation risks
  • Items that are challenging to digitize, such as bound items, audio, film or video

Small portions of our collections are accessible online as “Digital Selections.” This includes materials that we have previously digitized and “born-digital” materials that were created digitally.

The University at Albany Libraries holds and reserves copyright for online materials.

  • Materials held by the libraries are often made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License
  • Materials created by the State of New York are often added to the Public Domain
  • Materials with rights held by another party or unclear rights are often made available with an In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted statement

Fees may apply for certain types of use. Please contact us for more information.


Visiting the Archives