Most of our collections are open for anyone to use, but some material is
temporarily closed to researchers due to legal restrictions, University
policy, or donor agreements.
Board of Trustee records are closed to most researchers for 25 years from
date of creation.
Most student records (such as course papers, lab notebooks, and other
assignments) are closed for 80 years from date of creation or until the
person is deceased. While we do not collect student records as a rule,
sometimes they are included in collections.
Specific sections of collections may also be restricted. Requests to view
these materials are handled on a case-by-case basis. For example, we may
look through a box of records before allowing a researcher to use it to
determine if it contains information that must be redacted (such as Social
Security numbers) or to remove items or folders with sensitive