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Gelman Hours for GWorld Holders
Today
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Tomorrow
7:30am to 8:00pm
Tuesday
7:30am to 8:00pm
Wednesday
7:30am to 8:00pm
Thursday
7:30am to 8:00pm
Friday
7:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday
12:00pm to 6:00pm
GELMAN 12:00pm to 6:00pm
NOTICE:

July 13-19, 2018 users will experience some minor, temporary disruptions to library services as we transition to an improved library management and search system. Click here for more information or contact us for questions. 

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Collections Use

The Special Collections Research Center and its collections are open to the GW community and the public. 

General guidelines

  • No food or drinks of any kind are allowed within the Special Collections registration area or the reading room, regardless of their container.
  • Coats and bags of any kind (including purses) are to be left in a locker.  
  • Only pencils may be used when working with Special Collections materials.
  • Researchers are permitted to use personal laptops.
  • Researchers are permitted to take images of materials using digital, video, or film cameras, as long as no flash or other extra lighting is used. Special Collections reserves the right to regulate or prohibit researchers' photography in order to protect materials.
  • Materials may not be removed from the public area of Special Collections.

Reproduction of materials

  • Requests for reproductions (high-res and PDF) must be approved by Special Collections staff.  Permission may be denied due to copyright restrictions or the condition of the materials.
  • SCRC staff will assist researchers with all aspects of placing a request for reproduction, including the preferred way to indicate specific items for scanning from within their original folder and box and the form(s) needed to ensure delivery of the digital files. See more information on our Copies and Reproductions page. 
  • Researchers are permitted to take images of materials using digital, video, or film cameras, as long as no flash or other extra lighting is used. Special Collections reserves the right to regulate or prohibit researchers' photography in order to protect materials.
  • Researchers are prohibited from using all models of scanners, whether flatbed or personal/portable/handheld and additional lighting.  

Citing Manuscript Materials

  A well-crafted citation should lead your reader directly to the exact document or item cited. As such, the following elements ought to be included in your citations:

  • Document title/name (you will often have to impute this information if the document is not titled)
  • Author(s)/creator(s)
  • Document date, if available
  • Series, box, and folder number
  • Collection number and name
  • Repository name: Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Libraries
  • Location: Washington, DC. 

Example: Letter from James Oglethorpe to the Trustees, 13 January 1876, Series 1, Box 4, Folder 3. RG0001 Records of the Board of Trustees, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Libraries, Washington, DC.

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