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Access and use


The Stanford University Archives is open to all researchers; a Stanford affiliation is not required.

The Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is located on the second floor Green Library, Bing Wing.

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Please see Using our collections for more information on access.

Finding material

Information about our collections can be found in two places: SearchWorks and the Online Archive of California (OAC). We recommend starting with SearchWorks, the Libraries' online catalog. It contains high level information (e.g. creator, title, dates, summary, subjects) about all of our collections. It also contains links to finding aids (detailed collection guides) and, in some instances, links to online content. For recommended search strategies check out our Guide to Finding Archives Material

The OAC is where we publish our finding aids, which list the full contents of our collections. Use the OAC to search across or within finding aids to determine the boxes you need to examine. Check out the OAC Help page for more information.

Requesting material

Boxes may be requested online via SearchWorks (look for the blue Request on-site access button on the left). Request on-site access button

For more information on requesting materials, see How to request materials. Please note that since most of our materials are stored offsite requests must be paged at least two days before you intend to use them. For additional information see Using collections.

Using material

For information regarding our hours and reading room policies and procedures see Using collections.

Digital collection materials available in the Stanford Digital Repository and Online Archive of California are made freely available for non-commercial research purposes with an attribution. For commercial permission requests, please contact the Archives (