All Schlesinger Library materials are cataloged in HOLLIS. You may wish to search for additional sources for your research that do not appear on the course Research Guide. Note that by using the advanced search in HOLLIS you can easily limit your searches to the Schlesinger Library and to the format you wish to use (i.e., books; archives/manuscripts; journals; etc.).
When searching in HOLLIS, seek out synonyms and related terms for your topic of interest. For instance, when looking for materials relating to pornography, search terms might include:
Have questions about how to find materials? Need guidance on search strategies?
Please visit during our Open Office Hours or contact us for an appointment so that we may talk in more detail about your research.
Locations & Availability Tab
When you are searching for collections that are not included on the course Research Guide, note that the HOLLIS catalog record's Locations & Availability tab provides:
What is a finding aid? The Society of American Archivists defines it as:
n. ~ 1. A tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records. - 2. A description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials.
Finding aids may also be referred to as finding guides, inventories, or container lists.
Be aware that not all manuscript collections have finding aids. If you find that a collection does not have a finding aid, we can help. Please ask us at the Reference Desk or submit an online query.
For collections with finding aids, you will use that document (linked in the catalog record) to identify specific folders and containers you wish to access.
Condition of Use forms will be provided to you as necessary before accessing the material. There is nothing you need to do ahead of time regarding this requirement.
Should you wish to access collections requiring written permission we will assist you with that process. This involves contacting an individual or organization outside of the Library and the time to obtain the permission varies due to a variety of factors. Please ask Sarah or Jennifer in person or submit your query through the Ask a Schlesinger Librarian webform.
Making Your Request
Requests for materials may be made in person by call slip and remotely using the Library's webform. If you use the webform, please use the following formatting in the "Enter your question here" field to indicate the type of assistance you are requesting:
Whichever method you use, we will need the following information:
Storage Location: Onsite/Offsite
Onsite collections may be requested whenever you visit.
Retrieval time for offsite material is overnight on most business days when requests are received before 3:00pm. Please note that materials requested on a Friday arrive on Monday, and Saturday requests arrive on Tuesday.
!!!Holding Materials/Identifying Materials for Assignments!!!
Please see the procedures for Archive Reports and Filmed Presentations when you have identified specific documents you would like to use for the assignments.