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Research & Material Requests

Research Assistance

The staff of the McGovern Historical Center is available to answer research questions, provide information on the availability of books or archival collections, and consult on the best resources for your historical projects. Some consulting is available on the preservation of historical collections. Staff can provide up to two hours of assistance. For projects lasting beyond two hours, you or a proxy researcher will need to review the materials in the reading room. A list of proxy researchers can be provided upon request. Contact Us.

Make an Appointment

The McGovern Historical Center has two locations for its rare book collections and archival collections. Please review our locations and hours.

An appointment is required for use of rare book collection items.To schedule an appointment for the Rare Book Room, use the Make an Appointment Form.

To visit the archives, an appointment is recommended. You will need to provide us with a list of requested materials at least one day in advance, so we can have the materials ready for you. To schedule an appointment, use the Make an Appointment Form.

Before visiting the McGovern Historical Center, please complete the User Registration form.

Request Materials

Depending on the condition of the item, the McGovern Center will make digital images or photocopies of historical materials available to requesting clients. In some cases, the client may be permitted to take digital photographs on-site. This decision is made by the Archivist.


The McGovern Historical Center can fulfill requests for photocopies, high-quality digital duplication, and licensing for publication according to the fees listed below.

Service TMC Library Member Non-member
Photocopy Fees $0.25 per page $0.30 per page
Scanned Image Fees
For private, education use
$9.00 per image $12.00 per image
Scanned Image Fees
For publication, non-profit book or journal with less than 3,000 distribution
$35.00 per image
Scanned Image Fees
In a major journal, book, or media production
$50.00 per image
Scanned Image Fees
Oversize, audiovisual materials that require outside vendor services.
At cost for service
Sales tax will be added to the total request order.

To order digital or print copies, complete the Photograph Request form below. Review the Copyright and Use Policies of the McGovern Historical Center before submitting a request.

Request Forms

Below is a list of forms to access materials at the McGovern Historical Center. Select the appropriate form to submit your request.

  • User Registration (to access materials in the reading room or request remote access to available materials)
  • Photograph Request (to request materials for reproduction for general educational use)
  • Permission to Publish (to request permission to publish reproduced materials in a publication or media production)
  • Make an Appointment (to request an appointment date and time to use a McGovern Historical Center Reading Room)