INFORMATION FOR RESEARCHERS | HOW TO USE OUR COLLECTIONS
The research process at the Gotlieb Center begins with a written query. We have a variety of tools on this website that you will find useful in refining your reference request, but at the point, when you are ready to make an inquiry, we ask that you do so in writing. We have a tremendous number of requests that come in daily, and having your request in writing with all of the details of your project and your contact information helps to facilitate our response. The Gotlieb Center provides reference services but does not provide research services.
In order to send a query to the Center from this website, please follow this link to the Reference Query Page. If you are returning forms for approval, or wish to contact us via post or fax, the contact information is as follows:
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
ATTN: Public Service
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
The Gotlieb Center does not publish or distribute copies of finding aids. In some cases, a scope and content description is published on our website. If a description is not available for the collection you are interested in, an archivist will consult with you.
Photocopies and Scans
The archival staff of the Gotlieb Center will review all requests for duplication of any material. The staff will consider requests for duplication of material in adherence with the Gotlieb Center's policies on duplication and in adherence with the Copyright Law of the United States of America and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code (specifically § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use).
With written permission from the collectee or their literary executor, we may be able to make photocopies or scans of material and send the copies to you. We have strict limits on the number of copies we will make for your project, and you should consult the Photocopy Policy for details. You will still be required to fill out the Application for the use of Manuscript Collections and other appropriate forms. You will be responsible for paying all charges and fees in advance, before receiving your copies.
If you are unable to visit the Center in person, you may employ a proxy researcher. However, both you and the proxy researcher must complete the Application for the use of Manuscript Collections form in order to access the collection. Please follow this link to the Boston University "Quickie Job" website to post a research position if you would like to hire a Boston University student to conduct your proxy research.