Special Collections and Archives Fall 2021 Guidelines


  • Hours of operations will be 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for Clemson University students and employees.  For non-university researchers, a case-by-case determination will be made by the Head of Special Collections for on-site research.  Please contact the Archives at archives@nullclemson.edu or call 864-656-5176 to make an appointment.
  • Enhanced virtual reference will continue through the fall semester 

 COVID-19 Guidelines 

  • All researchers must adhere to the university and Special Collections pandemic guidelines that currently include: 
    • Face masks required at all times while in buildings
    • Adhere to current physical distancing guidelines
    • Sanitize hands when entering the Research Room.  If they prefer, the option to wash their hands prior to using the materials will be allowed.
  • Researchers will be encouraged to use their phones instead of the public scanners for their copying needs. 

 Pre-visit: Research Consultations and Appointment Scheduling 

  • While an appointment is not needed for university students and employees, it is highly encouraged to contact the Special Collections and Archives at archives@nullclemson.edu prior to your visit.  Please include the following information: 
    • What topic are you researching? 
    • What information do you want to find? 
    • A preliminary list of collections/items do you wish to consult/access?  If possible, please provide the title, call number, or any other information relating to your request. 
  • Email appointment confirmation will be sent to the researcher with the following information: 
    • appointment day and time 
    • listing of collections/items that will be researched 
    • Use and COVID guidelines 
    • Fillable patron registration form to be completed and returned before appointment if possible
    • Reminder to have picture id 

 During the Visit 

  • All researchers with a confirmed appointment will be required to comply with all safety and security guidelines established by the Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, and Clemson University 
  • Failure to comply with guidelines for on-site research will result in the immediate termination of the appointment and the researcher will need to leave the area. 
  • If the researcher is not feeling well or unable to keep the appointment, please respect everyone’s safety and contact our staff to cancel or reschedule.