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Requesting Materials from Special Collections and University Archives

A guide to help researchers request material from our Archival Collections database, WorldCatUM, and our Classic Catalog.

How to Submit a Request to View Material in the Reading Room

How to Submit a Manual Request

Unprocessed collections, including collections located offsite, do not have a complete finding aid in the Archives Collections Database, researchers are instructed to place a manual request for these materials.

Contact Us before placing a manual request.

  • Log into your Special Collections Account.
  • Select “Manual Request” from the menu.
  • Fill in the following fields (* is a required field):
    • *Title
    • *Is This An Unprocessed Collection?
    • *Library
      • Choose “Maryland Room” for materials from Special Collections and University Archives
      • Choose "Special Collections in the Performing Arts" for materials from the Special Collections in Performing Arts
    • *Call Number
      • If you are requesting archival material, put “n/a”, unless otherwise instructed by special collections staff.
    • Volume/Box
      • If you are requesting archival material, please list the series and/or box number.
      • If you are requesting a publication, please indicate the volume number.
      • Please request one box/item per request.
    • Location
      • Add "cposs" for collections located offsite at Severn Library.
    • Special Requests/Questions?
      • Use this field to communicate any additional information about this order to special collections staff.
    • *Schedule your visit by selecting a date for your visit.
      • Some material may be located offsite or require additional screening, and may take up to 4 days to retrieve. 
      • All requests to view materials during an appointment must be placed at least 3 business days in advance.
      • Materials located offsite in Severn Library may take up to 4 business days to be made available in the reading room.
    • Click “Submit Request
  • Start a new Manual Request to add additional boxes/items.
    • Or, you can clone requests from the same collection.
      • After submitting your first request for the first box/item, open the request by clicking on the TN number from the list on the main menu of your special collections account. Select ‘Clone Request’.
      • Update the newly cloned request with the new series/box number and click "Submit Request." This helps save time of re-entering the title and other information in a new request.

How to Order Copies

Place a Duplication Order

  • Log into your Special Collections Account.
  • Select “Manual Request” from the menu.
  • Select "Switch to Duplication Order" at the top.
  • Place your request as instructed above.
  • Complete duplication order details.
    • Be specific as possible about the materials you would like to have copied.
  • Select "Submit Request"