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Fall 2021 Re-opening Plan for Chesney Archives

1 September 2021

The Chesney Archives welcomes Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students for the Fall Semester! Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 protection guidelines will determine when we will be able to accommodate non-affiliates. Protecting the health and safety of our staff and researchers is paramount in our plans for every phase of the re-opening process.

Scheduling your visit

To schedule a visit please contact us.

We ask that you schedule your visit one week in advance of the dates you wish to come to allow staff adequate time to retrieve materials and prepare for your appointment. In order for staff to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and other legal requirements, they need to review all materials requested for legally protected information.

During September and October, onsite research services will be limited due to ongoing renovations of the archives suite. We will remain open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Our team will continue as usual to provide remote research assistance.

For your protection and that of others

The Chesney Archives follows COVID health and safety guidelines issued by Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University. When arriving at the archives please be prepared to do the following:

  • Wear a mask – The Mount Washington campus requires masking throughout all buildings and the Chesney Archives requires that staff and researchers wear masks throughout all areas of archives suite.
  • Show your green campus pass from the Johns Hopkins Prodensity app.
  • Sanitize hands upon entry – All visitors, staff, and researchers are required to use hand sanitizers posted at the entrance of the archives.
  • Maintain 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

Sanitizing common areas throughout the campus – Housekeeping staff clean and sanitize entries, dining areas, restrooms, stairways, and elevators multiple times daily.

Reading Room of the Chesney Archives – Tables and chairs are spaced 6 feet apart to maintain safe social distancing. Staff and researchers are required to wear masks at all times. Staff clean and disinfect all table surfaces before and after each researcher visits.


Cafeteria – Beginning September 7, the McAuley Hall cafeteria will be offering “grab and go” services. Dining areas with physically-distanced tables are available in the cafeteria terraces and immediately outside the building.