Special Collections and University Archives welcomes all visitors from the UMass Amherst community and the general public, and we look forward to working with you to ensure access to SCUA’s collections. We encourage you to contact us ahead of your visit to ensure that we can meet your individual research plans and accessibility needs.

Contact SCUA: scua@library.umass.edu

Services SCUA offers for researchers

  • Locating collections: Nearly all of our collections are described briefly on our website, and many also have links to more detailed descriptions in the form of finding aids. If you need any additional descriptive information about our collections, please contact us.
  • Digitized collections: Some of our collections have been digitized and are available online in our digital repository, Credo. Most of these materials are described individually, although some are described only at the folder-level. True full-text searching is available only for selected materials.
  • Transcriptions: If you need a transcript of a film or sound recording, please contact us. We will do our best to fulfill reasonable requests.
  • Research assistance: Users may request an individual appointment for research assistance. If you are planning a visit, we encourage you to schedule with us in advance.
  • Handling archival materials: We can assist with the physical handling of collections and can provide book rests or other supports as requested.
  • Service animals: Service animals are welcome.

Services SCUA offers for instructors

  • If you are scheduling an instruction session in SCUA, please indicate whether you or your students require accommodation. We will be happy to work with you to ensure a productive and meaningful class visit for all.
  • More information available on our Teach & Learn page

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