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Policy on Access to Unprocessed Collections

Patrons may not access unprocessed manuscript collections, photographic collections, or record groups without the express written approval of Curator of Manuscripts Tara Laver, tzachar@lsu.edu. In her absence, the Head of Special Collections, Associate Dean of Libraries, or the Dean of Libraries may authorize access.

Before we can provide access to an unprocessed collection, staff must review it for sensitive and private information such as social security numbers and medical or academic records, as well as for materials covered by donor-imposed or legal restrictions. Due to limited staff resources, a single patron may request a maximum of seven linear feet for review per collection per semester. Upon receipt of a request, this review will be completed as quickly as staffing allows and in most cases within fifteen working days. In some instances, screening materials for compliance with restrictions requires a closer review of materials and may take longer.

For additional information contact Tara Laver at (225) 578-6546 (tzachar@lsu.edu).