Special Collections and Archives Spring 2021 Guidelines


  • Hours of operations will be 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with appointments 
  • Enhanced virtual reference will continue through the fall semester 

 General Information 

  • In-person research will be by appointment only for Clemson University faculty, students, and staff.  For non-university researchers, a case-by-case determination will be made by the Head of Special Collections. 
  • Only 3 researchers are allowed in the research room at any time 
  • All researchers must adhere to the university guidelines that currently include: 
    • Face masks required at all time 
    • Social distancing of 6 feet 
    • 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. 

 Pre-visit: Research Consultations and Appointment Scheduling 

  • To submit a research request, please contact the Special Collections and Archives at archives@nullclemson.edu.  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. 
  •  Appointment will be confirmed after a scheduled consultation with a designated archivist 48-72 hours in advance.
    • Consultations will be via Zoom or phone 
    • Consultation will be used to determine if request can be completed remotely first. 
  • When onsite research is needed, one or more appointment slots will be reserved for them.  Appointments will be for 1 hour minimum (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) 
  • Researchers may schedule consecutive sessions but will be required to leave the research room from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. to allow staff to disinfect high-touch areas. 
  • Email 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 
  • Self-assessment completed before arrival on campus 
  • Failure to comply 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.