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African Studies Research Guide

Archival Collections Use Guidelines


IU African Studies Collections archival materials are consulted in the Reading Room belonging to the Indiana University Archives. African Studies Collections researchers are therefore subject to the usage guidelines, and operating hours* governing all IU Archives researchers. African Studies Collection researchers will need to register as visitors with the IU Archives at the start of their visit. An archivist will show you to your requested collection(s) and will kindly instruct you on how to properly handle the materials. 

*NB: While the IU Archives indicate that Saturday hours are available by appointment, this ONLY applies to IU Archives researchers and NOT to African Studies Collections researchers, unless the Reading Room is being opened for Archives researchers.


IU African Studies Collections archival materials on paper are held at the off-site Auxiliary Library Facility and not at Wells Library. Materials therefore, need to be requested by the librarian, in order to be delivered to the IU Archives Reading Room for consultation by researchers. Researchers wishing to use materials are asked to plan their requests very carefully, in consultation with relevant finding aids (linked at left under Archival Collections), and the librarian, and to make their requests in a timely manner.

Researchers need to request materials at least 48 hours ahead of time. Requests may be made by emailing the Librarian for African Studies at When you email, please include the collection number and the box(es) you would like to see. For example: IULC022, Boxes 43, 47, and 52. 


Researchers are welcome to use cameras to take photographs of archival material. Scanning of paper material may be done on a very limited basis, pending favorable material condition. Scanning will be done by African Studies Collection staff but sufficient notice is required. Researchers are asked to plan enough time to consult material on-site.

NB: Photocopies are not made of African Studies Collection material.