Information for Researchers

The Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collections is open to on- and off-campus researchers. This page provides information on conducting research at the Archives, as well as the rules, policies, and procedures all researchers must follow.

Inquiries and Reference Interviews

We encourage individuals interested in conducting research at the Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collections to first identify materials of interest. Finding aids, indexes, and/or scope and content notes are available online for most of our collections. Please use these to examine the contents of the collection of interest in order to locate specific portions of the collection that are pertinent to your research.

In other instances an Archives staff member may request to conduct a reference interview with you, either in person or over the phone. Reference interviews allow Archives staff to gain a better understanding of your research topic and, therefore, direct you toward areas of a collection that may be most relevant to your research.

Scheduling an Appointment

All researchers are required to schedule appointments. The Archives is unable to accommodate walk-in researchers and same-day appointments. Please see Location and Hours for hours for researchers. You may call 508.565.1121 or email barchives@stonehill.edu to schedule a research appointment.

Preparing for Your Visit

It is important that you plan ahead for your visit due to the policies and procedures in place to protect our collections. Whether from on- or off-campus, all researchers are expected to follow the same set of policies and procedures.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages are prohibited from the Archives. Under no circumstances are researchers allowed to bring food (including chewing gum) or beverages into the reading room.

While food and beverages are prohibited from the Archives, we are happy to provide you with information regarding on- and off-campus dining. Stonehill offers four on-campus dining options, including:

  • Dunkin Donuts (located on the first floor of the Shields Science Center)
  • Ace's Place Cafe (located on the first floor of the MacPhaidin Library)
  • The Hill (located on the first floor of the Roche Dining Commons)
  • The cafeteria (located on the second floor of the Roche Dining Commons)

In addition, there are numerous off-campus dining options within a few minutes drive of Stonehill. Some of these dining option include:

Personal Belongings

Backpacks, briefcases, purses, computer or other bags, notebooks, binders, and outer clothing are not allowed in the Archives reading room. Pencils are the only writing implement allowed in the reading room. This means any ink-based writing implements (e.g., pens, markers, highlighters, etc.) are prohibited from the reading room. All such items must be stored in the coat closet prior to beginning research.

Outer clothing like sport coats, sweaters, and scarves may be worn in the reading room but, once removed, must be placed in the coat closet. Loose clothing may not be draped on chairs or laid on work spaces in the reading room.

Computers

Researchers may bring laptop and tablet computers into the library. Computers must be removed from their carrying cases or bags, and the cases or bags must be stored in the coat closet.

We reserve the right for Archives staff members to examine computers each time they are removed from the reading room by the researcher. 

Cameras

For information on using cameras please see Reproductions & Copying, policy number B-2.

Research Notes

Researchers are strongly urged to bring personal notes in electronic form on a laptop or tablet computer. Researchers are not allowed to bring notebooks, folders, or loose leaf notepaper into the library. 

Arriving at the Archives

An Archives staff member will greet you upon your arrival and help you get settled in. It is important to note that all personal belongings will need to be stored in our coat closet. While the coat closet is constantly monitored by Archives staff, the closet itself does not lock. Please see the Personal Belongings section above for details on what items need to be stored in the coat closet.