Special Collections & University Archives: Fall 2020

Tomorrow begins the first day of classes at Mary Washington, and it will be different from any semester in the history of the University.  The first three weeks of the semester will be conducted remotely, and then there will be a window when students are able to return to campus before continuing their education remotely again after Thanksgiving.

Students and staff are masked ready for the opening of campus.

Tomorrow also marks the first day Special Collections & University Archives will be open by appointment to UMW students, staff and faculty since March 18.  In accordance with the University’s Return to Campus plan, our department has instituted guidelines to protect the health and safety of our researchers.

Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room

On-site access will be by appointment only at archives@umw.edu. Appointments will allow for cleaning in between researchers and give staff time to pull your materials in advance. As a precautionary measure during COVID-19, collections materials will also be quarantined following use. Researchers are required to wear a face covering, maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others during their visit, and wash their hands when handling materials.  Our SC&UA reading room and Digital Archiving Lab are both small, interior spaces and access will be limited to one person at a time along with a staff member.

Social distancing 2 person capacity sign

The SC&UA staff will continue to assist you remotely, as we have been all summer, and are available for research assistance and consultations by Zoom, Teams, or email. You can also access our many digital collections remotely.

Continue to contact us remotely with your research, instruction and digital archiving needs and thank you for your patience as we adapt our services in this uncertain environment. 

August 23, 2020