Fall 2020 Reuther Access FAQ

1. What is the best way to learn more about the Reuther’s collections remotely?

Please begin your research by visiting the library’s collection management system http://archives.wayne.edu or by using the advanced search function at the top right of this page.

2. I’m having a hard time navigating your finding aids online. Can I talk to an archivist about my topic before I have boxes selected?

Yes! We’re happy to offer consultation on search terms or how to find the collections you might need. Email reutherreference@wayne.edu. We are also able to speak with you via Teams (or Zoom if you prefer).

3. How much material can I have scanned and sent to me remotely?

In order to assist as many people as possible, we may need to limit requests to 10 folders per request. While it is certainly possible to request more than 10 folders, you may receive material in several phases. Please consult with an archivist if you need assistance narrowing your request or prioritizing materials.

4. Is the Reuther currently supporting classes or offering class visits?

Though we’re not offering in-person class visits right now, we are still working with faculty to support classes remotely and students are welcome to visit the reading room for research on their own. Please contact meghan.courtney@wayne.edu if you would like to discuss adding archives content to your course.

5. Why do I have to schedule an appointment at least four days in advance?

The most recent research available from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project, a collaboration of the OCLC, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, has found that a four-day quarantine is necessary to neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus on common archival materials. By scheduling an appointment four days in advance, we can ensure that the archival materials you wish to see have not been handled in at least four days. For more information see: https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/test2-results.html

6. What are archivists doing if they’re not available in the reading room?

Most of the functions of the Reuther are continuing as normal. In addition to serving patron research requests remotely, staff continue to apply metadata, work on arrangement and description, develop classroom tools, work with donor organizations, conduct oral histories, produce podcasts, write blog posts, practice digital preservation, and reach out to potential material donors. If you would like to collaborate beyond a simple research request, please reach out.

7. What if I have material I’d like to donate to the Reuther?

Our field archivist Louis Jones would love to discuss your donation. Please contact him at louis.jones@wayne.edu

8. When will the reading room open to researchers outside of WSU?

At this time, we can’t be certain. As soon as we can safely host you in the reading room again, we will post notices here and on our social media accounts, listed at the top left of this page.