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Special Collections & Archives: Donations, Usage, and Reproduction Policies

Usage policy


All new patrons must provide the staff with an I.D. for access.  Please fill out the Item Request Form to retrieve materials. While handling collections patrons may use pencils, laptops, notebooks, and digital cameras. Food and drink are not allowed near our collections. Many of the items in our Special Collections are rare, unique, or fragile. To ensure their continued stability, please follow specific handling protocol.


Please contact the library if you have materials that you wish to donate.

The Special Collections & Archives at the Wardman Library acquires materials that has research and historical value to the Whittier College community.  Reflecting the College's yearly functions in the areas of administration, teaching, research, student activities, and cultural enrichment, as well as items documenting the achievements of faculty, staff, and students. Archival material in all formats are deemed to have historical value if they relate directly to core values, mission, and activities of the Whittier College. The library reserves the right to decline or deaccession materials that do not fit our collection policy.

Reproduction and usage of materials policies

To request a reproduction from our collections patrons must fill out the form above. Requests are either for a personal reproduction, or, for publication and reproduction requests. However, patrons are allowed to use their own devices to take pictures of those materials not held in copyright and without restrictions.