Using the Collections

University Archives provides collection access for in-person researchers and records’ creators. Staff retrieve all requested material for researchers to consult on-site in designated research areas.

On-site material

Rare books, audiovisual materials, oversize materials, and ready reference materials are stored on-site.

Off-site material

Record boxes are stored off-site at the UM System Records Management Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Librarian helping student

Tours & Consultation

University Archives offers instructional sessions for students learning how to research with primary sources. We also offer research consultations for in-depth use of University Archives’ materials, and records transfer consultations for faculty and staff with records management responsibilities.

Duplication Services

If you would like to request duplication services, please email us.

Edgar Snow Collection Copyright and Use

The Donor, Mrs. Lois Wheeler Snow, retains all copyrights to the papers, consisting of manuscripts, photographs, audio tapes, and films. She may restrict certain materials in the papers that she feels are of a confidential nature. Access to view and/or use these restricted materials will only be granted with written permission of Mrs. Snow or, upon her death, the permission of either of her children, Christopher Snow or Sian J. Snow. The papers will cease to have any restriction upon their use after the death of Mrs. Snow and her two children named above. Please contact University Archives.

University Records Research and Work Use

University Archives records are subject to UM System Records Retention Authorizations Policies. Records transferred to Campus Archives are deemed to have historical value and are available for research use. Some collections are restricted from research use for a prescribed period and are not available for research use, including duplication. University Archives provides free duplication services for university offices, departments, and organizations that need their records for regular work activities. Please email us to consult with the University Archivist regarding your duplication request.


University Archives reserves the right to assess fees for supplies, shipping, and other service charges. Please contact University Archives for more information.

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

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