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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Research Services

Location and Hours

Archives & Special Collections is located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut (see map) and is open to the public. The University's archival, manuscript and special collections are accessed in the John P. McDonald Reading Room. Patrons are required to complete the Application for Use of Materials (19KB PDF) and show valid picture identification. Groups are requested to make prior arrangements with Laura Katz Smith.

The McDonald Reading Room hours are Mondays through Fridays 10a.m. to 4p.m. The reading room is closed on University holidays, extended breaks and occasionally for special events. Please check the calendar for a current listing of closings.

The Samuel and Ann Charters Multimedia Room, located inside the McDonald Reading Room serves researchers using multimedia materials. The multimedia room is equipped with a listening station for patrons using sound recording materials. Wireless access to the Internet is available in the McDonald Reading Room and the Charters Multimedia Room.

For information about accomodations, see Visitor Information.

Permission to Examine Materials

Permission to examine materials will be granted to all persons who complete the Application for Use of Materials form, provide valid identification (preferably a driver's license or UConn ID), and agree to abide by the rules and regulations governing use of materials. Permission is granted subject to restrictions that may have been placed on the material by its donors or depositors. Access to unprocessed collections or unprocessed portions of partially processed collections will be at the discretion of the curators. In certain cases, researchers may be required to use reference copies when they are available. Curatorial staff are able to advise you regarding the availability of particular collections or materials.

Materials in Archives & Special Collections do not circulate and must be viewed in the McDonald Reading Room. The Reading Room Policy governs conduct in the reading room and is designed to secure and protect materials for future use.

Internet Access

Access to the Internet is available in the Reading Room. Researchers without University of Connecticut accounts are required to register for guest status in order to access the Internet via the UConn network, in accordance with university procedures. Information and procedures for registration are available on the UITS Guest Registration website. A registration kiosk is available in the Reading Room for onsite registration. Photographic identification is required for verification.


The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center has rooms available for class instruction on the use of resources held by Archives & Special Collections. Contact the Curatorial staff to make arrangements.

This page is maintained by L. Smith.