Chesney Archives

Johns Hopkins Phase I Re-opening Plan for Archives and Special Collections

Johns Hopkins archives and special collections are offering limited access to Johns Hopkins faculty and graduate students. Access options for Johns Hopkins undergraduates, faculty, and students from other educational institutions will be designated for later dates in the phased Johns Hopkins re-opening plan. Protecting the health and safety of staff and researchers is paramount in plans for every phase of the re-opening process.

We expect that guidelines for archives and special collections may change as government agencies and the University issue additional directives. All services are contingent upon the availability of staffing.


Mount Washington Campus
McAuley Hall – Suite 235
Use the main entrance of the Davis Building to reach the archives. The guard posted at the entrance will provide directions to the archives suite.

Temporary Hours of Operation

Monday 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am -4 pm
Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Temporary closure of food and coffee services until further notice

An area on campus with tables and chairs spaced 6 ft. apart is designated for visitors and staff who wish to bring food, drinks, and snacks. There are restaurants and a Whole Foods Market within walking distance.

Scheduling your visit

Please contact us to schedule an appointment. All appointments must be scheduled one week in advance of the dates you wish to come to allow staff adequate time to prepare for your visit. Staff must comply with HIPAA requirements for screening of the documents you request as well as follow Covid-19 safety requirements to quarantine the archival materials that they retrieve for your use for a period of 48-72 hours.

For your safety and that of others

Health status – When scheduling an appointment and during your visit, please keep staff informed if you have a fever or other signs of illness.

Masks/face coverings – The Mount Washington campus requires that masks/face coverings be worn throughout all buildings. If you are not wearing a mask/face covering entry will be denied. The Chesney Archives requires that staff and researchers wear masks/face coverings at all times.

Hand sanitizing – All visitors, staff, and researchers are required to use hand sanitizers posted at the entrance of the archives. After entry to the archives, handwashing with soap and water is required for those handling archival materials.

Safe social distancing – All visitors, staff, and researchers are required to maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet throughout the Mount Washington campus and within the archives.

Protecting you while on campus and at the Chesney Archives

Common areas throughout the campus – These areas include the designated eating area, restrooms, stairways, and elevators. They are regularly cleaned and sanitized during the day.

Reading Room – For the safety of researchers and archives staff, only 2 researchers may be accommodated at a time. Tables and chairs are spaced 6 feet apart to maintain safe social distancing. Staff and researchers must wear masks/face coverings at all times. Staff will disinfect all table surfaces before and after each researcher visits.

Archives materials that you request – These materials will not be disinfected but will be quarantined before and after use in accordance with safety guidelines to protect you from exposure to the coronavirus.

Please contact us if you have questions or need additional information at