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Current Guidelines for Onsite Research at Chesney Archives

The Chesney Archives welcomes all researchers! Protecting the health and safety of our staff and researchers is paramount in our plans.

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 – Chesney Archives requires that staff and researchers wear masks throughout all areas of the archives suite.
  • 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 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 daily.

Reading Room of the Chesney Archives – Researchers are spaced 6 feet apart to maintain safe social distancing. Staff and researchers are required to wear masks at all times. A maximum of four researchers is permitted in the reading room at a time.


Cafeteria – The McAuley Hall cafeteria is currently not offering food service. Dining areas with physically-distanced tables are available in the cafeteria terraces and immediately outside the building for those who bring their own lunch. Restaurants, coffee shops, and a grocery store are a short walk away.