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Research Requests

Special Collections and Archives is dedicated to making materials in our collections available for researchers, including faculty, staff, and students of Wright State University as well as to the general public. Staff are happy to assist researchers with research and public record requests.

We encourage you to read through the following information to learn about our research and reference services.

Where to Start Your Research

Our website is the one of the best places to begin your research, and we hope you take the opportunity to use the Collection Guides and the libraries' online catalog as part of your research experience. The collection guides are inventories to our historical manuscript materials and are grouped by general subject. The collection guides are also searchable using the site search box. The online catalog will help you locate materials in our extensive reading room reference collection of published materials. Additionally, digital materials from some of our collections are available via CORE Scholar, the Campus Online Repository.

Visiting the Archives

We hope you get the chance to visit Special Collections and Archives during your research. For more information, please see our visiting pages to find details about directions and parking, hours of operation, and information you will need to know about conducting research in the Archives, including our rules and regulations.

During all hours Special Collections and Archives are open, our reference desk is staffed with people to help you during your visit. When you are visiting our facility, please direct questions to the individual at the reference desk in the Special Collections and Archives reading room. If necessary, they can refer you to a specific archivist to provide more in-depth assistance. A photocopy machine is available in the reading room and costs just $.10 per copy. Digital copies of documents and images may also be arranged; please visit our Image and Media Request - Fees & Ordering Process page for more information.

If You Cannot Visit the Archives

If you are unable to visit our facility but would like to request information about materials from our collections, reference requests maybe made via our research request form, email, regular mail, or telephone. Please note that we are unable to complete extensive research requests of a general nature. We encourage you to complete as much research as possible via our website before submitting a research request, and to include as complete a citation or description of the material you are requesting as you can provide. All research requests are subject to the research request fees listed below.

Research Request Fees

For general research requests, the research fee is $20.00 per hour, charged in half hour increments, with a minimum fee of $10. Please note that general research requests and Public Record Requests without an exact citation may be subject to this research fee, in addition to the cost of copies and postage, if applicable.

Results of research requests can be delivered by photocopy or electronically. Please visit Fees & Ordering Process for more information.

Reproductions of images and media formats may also be requested pending copyright and donor restrictions on materials. Reproductions used for commercial or for-profit projects are subject to our fees and policies on use of materials. Please contact us for more information.

All research, image, and media requests can be submitted by contacting Special Collections & Archives or by filling out our research request form.