Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn Last Updated: May 27, 2016 Views: 102
The majority of Houghton materials can be seen without special arrangement; however, items designated as “restricted” require permission for access. Usually an item is restricted because it is very fragile. In most cases we offer readers the use of a microfilm or facsimile copy of the restricted item in place of the original with the goal of prolonging its life. Occasionally a donor or the family of an author whose papers we hold has requested that an item be restricted because of privacy concerns. In both cases, you must have the permission of the curator of the collection to view a restricted item.