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The Chesney Archives welcomes patrons to conduct research on-site or remotely. Our reading room is open without fee to the Johns Hopkins community as well as the general public. Before your visit, it is necessary to schedule an appointment. Scheduling an appointment in advance will enable staff to retrieve the materials you need so that they will be ready when you arrive. If you are unable to visit the archives in person or require only a limited selection of materials for your research, you can arrange with our reference staff to obtain reproductions of materials. To arrange for a research appointment or request reproductions, please make a request.
A reference staff member will respond to your request and discuss the materials you wish to research. Depending on the specific materials you request and how you plan to use them, you may need to fill out additional forms. Refer to our policy section for more information.
Information about our location and hours may be found on our Contact Us page.
Computers are welcome in the reading room, which is equipped with wireless internet access and power outlets located near each desk. Hopkins faculty, staff and students can log into the Hopkins network using their JHED ID and password, while other patrons can easily access the wireless connection hosted by the Mt. Washington Conference Center.
Be prepared for your visit by reviewing the following rules of the reading room. Researchers are asked to observe the regulations, which have been established to create an atmosphere conducive to research while ensuring the continued preservation of the archival materials.
Overnight accommodations are available right on campus – you can simply walk down the hall from your room. Contact the Mt. Washington Conference Center for more information.
The Chesney Archives staff also offers a fee-based research assistance service for those who require an archivist to spend significant time in identifying materials or searching documents for specific information relevant to their research. For more information about these services, contact us.