Where are the Archives located on Chatham University's campus?
The Archives are located in the basement of the Jennie King Mellon Library on the main, Shadyside campus. The Library is accessible from Murray Hill Avenue.
What are your hours? Do I have to make an appointment?
During the fall and spring semesters, we hold regular office hours on Mondays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. You are also welcome to make an appointment for an alternative time. You do not need to schedule an appointment during open hours; however, it is in encouraged so that we may be prepared to meet your needs.
Who can use the archives?
Everyone is welcome! Were here to serve faculty, students, staff, and the public.
I'm new to archival research. What can I expect?
We're glad you've decided to visit us! When you come we will assist you in the process of identifying the materials for your research and talk you through some basic research guidelines. We want you to feel comfortable. Please note that you will be asked to provide some basic contact information for our records. We will never disclose personal information about you to others.
Do you have digitized material online?
Yes! We have a digitized collection of photographs available through Historic Pittsburgh, and we have additional images on Flickr and our Rachel Carson Collection page. We also make available online yearbooks, course catalogs, and other publications through the Internet Archive.
Do you have Wi-Fi?
Yes! We would be happy to provide you with log-on information for the duration of your visit to the Library.
What should I bring?
You are welcome to bring a laptop, pencils, notebooks, and a digital camera or smartphone. Please do not bring food, drinks, pens, or markers into the Archives. A safe space for storing bags, backpacks, or other belongings will be provided. Please consult our guideline for researching with archival collections for more details: Research Room Rules
Can I get reproductions of archival materials? How much does it cost?
Reproductions of materials in the University Archives are available and fees for reproductions may apply, depending on patron affiliation to Chatham and the type of reproduction requested. There is no fee for using a personal camera in the archives. Please refer to the Reproduction Request Form and the Reproduction Service and Fee Schedule for detail.
Does the Chatham University Archives accept donations?
The archivist would be happy to speak with you about acquiring your items for inclusion in the Chatham University Archives. Were interested in the records of Chatham University administrative departments, academic departments, select faculty or student publications, records of student organizations, student newspapers and yearbooks, handbooks, and so much more.
Will the Archivist come speak to my class?
The archivist will be happy to address students about using archives, identifying primary sources, and other research needs.