For more information about how to contact the OSU Archives, please visit our Location, Hours, & Staff Information page.
The holdings of the University Archives are open to faculty, staff, students, and the public for research. Reference assistance is provided by Archives staff to help determine the materials appropriate for specific research projects. Patrons are required to comply with reference rules designed to protect archival materials for future use. Phone, fax, mail, and e-mail queries are accepted.
The OSU Archives Reference Room is located in the Valley Library and is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. An archivist is available at all times to assist researchers.
The University Archives provides a variety of reproduction services at cost, but reserves the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to condition, size, or donor requirements. Duplication options include photocopy; color photocopy; photographic reproduction; duplication of sound recordings, motion picture films, and videotapes; and digitized copies of photographs and documents. The duplication services price list can be found here.
Please see the following detailed policies:
Permission must be obtained from the University Archivist to publish or permanently display reproductions of Archives materials. Users are responsible for observing all U.S. Copyright regulations. A Request for Permission to Publish or Use Reproductions of Materials from the OSU Archives form may be obtained from the Archives.
Archival materials are normally used only in the University Archives. However, in extraordinary circumstances and with special permission from the University Archivist, university departments and other organizations may borrow duplicate materials for use outside the University Archives for a pre-determined period. The borrower must provide for the security of the materials against loss or damage while they are out of the Archives and is required to use the materials with the same care and consideration that is practiced in the Archives.