Presenting the Future of the Past

We appreciate your interest in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. The following is some detailed information about us that we hope will be helpful to you.
The Gotlieb Center that is one of the largest and most progressive contemporary archives in the world. A pioneer in the field of collecting contemporary archives, we have been collecting the papers of famous and noted individuals in the arts and humanities since 1963. The Gotlieb Center holds nearly 2,000 collections containing personal and professional correspondence, photographs, scripts, film and video material, audio recordings, manuscripts, notes and notebooks, scrapbooks, drafts, memorabilia, and awards.
The Gotlieb Center will pay all shipping expenses for the collections we acquire, and under some circumstances we send staff on-site to pack and ship material. The material is covered under our door-to-door insurance policy from the moment it is picked up. A collection does not need to come to Boston University all at once. It can be sent over years, in installments, and grow as a career progresses.
Within months of the arrival of the archive, our staff of trained archivists will list the materials and begin the preservation process, utilizing archival supplies such as acid free folders and boxes. Once the inventory is prepared, we can open the archive up to researchers and it may be used for exhibitions and seminars. We can provide the donor with a copy of the inventory so they can refer to it to see what we have. In cases when certain items in the archive are needed by the donor, we can use the inventory to locate it, duplicate it, if possible, or send the original to the designated address.
We allow researchers to access archival collections under very stringent security protocols to protect both the physical material and the intellectual property. The donor retains the copyright of the intellectual property. When a researcher seeks permission to publish an excerpt from a collection, we can help to facilitate that permission by contacting the collectee.
We also utilize material in our extensive exhibition program and our educational outreach, such as seminars, classes, lectures and readings. Part of our mission is to inspire our students and to help them to identify their interests and passions and cultivate them. The distinction of the Center is how it does not have a backlog in listing material and its pro-active educational outreach programs. The Center believes that those whose archives we have, also serve as great role models for our students. Our mission is to capture history and preserve it, while making it accessible for valuable research.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.