Guidelines for Researchers
Effective date October 11, 2021.
Due to the transition of more Archives staff working onsite, Western Regional Archives is revising the operations implemented on May 24, 2021, and August 13, 2021.
- Search room hours is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact us if your research requires time outside of our public hours. To contact us please call 828-250-3120 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The main entrance will remain locked however a Western Office staff member will let you inside the building. If a staff member is not nearby, please ring the callbox.
- In accordance to Executive Order (EO) 224, staff are required to wear a face mask while working in public spaces. Visitors are also required to wear a face mask inside all departmental facilities.
- Plexiglass barriers and hand sanitizers will remain in public spaces.
Preparation for Your Visit
At this time fewer reference staff will be available in the State Archives Search Room. Visitors can take preliminary steps to manage their time in the archives.
- Search the Archive’s catalog to identify materials you would like to see before you visit.
- Visit the North Carolina Digital Collections to explore our digital resources.
- Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions about our holdings or reference services. If you have specific items you would like to review, email us the citations along with the date of your appointment and we can pull the items in advance.
- In addition to the aforementioned regulations, we ask that you consider these other suggestions during our limited operation.
- Bring your own laptop computer or electronic device. We have wi-fi access for those needing online services. If necessary, reference staff can provide limited online services in the Search Room.
- Bring your own camera/phone. We will still provide copies for a nominal fee. However, to avoid touching shared material, we encourage you to bring a camera or smartphone to photograph records.
- Pack lightly. We will still issue lockers for any personal items prohibited in the Search Room, but please try to leave items at home or in your vehicle.
- If you are visiting us for the first time, please review our Search Room policies below.
Search Room Policies
Researchers interested in western North Carolina history are invited to visit the Search Room and to make use of the historical materials in the Western Regional Archives. These manuscripts are valuable for historical and evidential purposes and usually are the only copies in existence. It is therefore essential that they be used with care. When a visitor fails to exercise good judgment, an archivist is authorized to take precautionary action, including the refusal to allow the researcher further use of the records. Rules and regulations regarding original material are set forth in Title 7, Subchapter 4M, of the North Carolina Administrative Code. Visitors to the Archives should bring some standard form of identification (such as a driver's license). With proper identification, patrons will be issued individual passes to the Search Room by the security personnel
For the visitor's convenience, free lockers are provided for temporary storage of these materials while using the Search Room.
The Western Regional Archives is closed on official state holidays, which are:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day (November 11)
- Thanksgiving (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
- Christmas (usually December 24-26)
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