Reference Policies

It is the policy of Special Collections to provide reference assistance to the extent that we are able within the following guidelines:

  • Researchers are welcome to visit the Albion College Archives and the Archives of the United Methodist Church West Michigan Conference by appointment in order to perform their own research.Special Collections staff will provide reference assistance and retrieve necessary items from the Collection for the researcher free of charge. You can contact the Archivist to schedule an appointment by phone at 517/629.0487 or E-mail.
  • For those researchers unable to visit the collections in person, Special Collections staff can provide up to 30 minutes of research time and a report of findings free of charge. Please allow at least 8-10 weeks for a response due to the number of reference questions received and the other duties associated with the management and operation of the unit. All reference requests will be answered in the order in which they are received.
  • For more in-depth reference requests, Special Collections charges a fee of $20.00 for every hour spent on a request beyond the first 30 minutes.
  • Digital scans of relevant material can be provided if the originals are in good condition and the copyright is owned by Albion College. Digital scans cost $2.00 per image.
  • Photographic reproductions can be provided, if the originals are in good condition and the copyright is owned by Albion College, at the cost of $78.00 for 1 – 8″ x 10″ image
    Prices vary depending on the size of the reproduction and quality of the original. Please contact the Archives for more information.
  • A high resolution scan printed on photographic paper can be provided, if the originals are in good condition and the copyright is owned by Albion College, at the cost of $55.00 for 1 – 8″ x 10″ image
    Prices vary depending on the size of the reproduction and quality of the original. Please contact the Archives for more information.

To request reference assistance or duplicates, please fill out the Albion College Special Collections online reference request form that is automatically received by the Archivist. You will be notified in advance of any charges associated with your request. Thank you!

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Research is by appointment only. Contact the Archivist to schedule an appointment.