ACRL/RBMS-SAA Guidelines on Access to Research Materials in Archives and Special Collections Libraries

Most recently revised by the ACRL/RBMS-SAA Joint Task Force, these guidelines outline the responsibilities for researcher access, as well as legal and institutional obligations, of a repository in preserving collections for use.

Both the Society of American Archivists’ Core Values and Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion emphasize the importance of providing access to materials.  This document is intended to be applied in conjunction with the SAA Code of Ethics for Archivists, the RBMS Code of Ethics for Special Collections Librarians, and other related professional statements and standards. Within the context of repository types, audiences, collections, or other factors, these Guidelines can serve as an advocacy tool and foundation for policies and procedures to facilitate equitable access to resources and services.

See the current verison of the Guidelines here.

SAA Council Approval/Endorsement Date: 
August 1994; Revised August 2009, September 2020


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