William Otis Sawtelle Research Center Request Form
Research requests and appointment are available in advance and by appointment only.
Please allow two weeks for this request to be processed.
Institutional or Home Street Address
Institutional or Home City/State/Zip
Institutional or Home Phone Number
Curator will respond to your request via email.
Purpose of Research
For example: genealogy, for-profit publication, personal interest, interpretive program, exhibit, preliminary research for non-profit publication, etc.
Please, be as specific as possible. Include the types of media, the associated dates, the subjects/themes, geographic locations, etc. We will use this information to send you pertinent "finding aids" to help you select relevant materials for your research.
What date do you need this by? Please do not respond "ASAP"
Will You Be Requesting an Advance, On-Site Research Appointment?
No, I do not plan to review these items in person and hope they can sent to me digitally.
Yes, I plan to review these on-site by appointment and will read & acknowledge the guidelines below.
If you plan to review these items in person and will be requesting an appointment, please read the "Acadia National Park Museum Procedures and Guidelines for Handling Archival and Collections Materials" then acknowledge below:
The center does not have public WIFI, internet, computers, or scanners for use.
Use of materials:
The documents, photographs, historic objects, and natural history specimens in the park's
museum collection are fragile and in some cases rare.
The following guidelines were established to protect the collection:
o Eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited.
o A staff member will handle fragile documents, photographs, specimens, or objects.
o Use pencils only in the Research Room.
o Use care when handling documents or objects (use two hands to support the item).
o Avoid leaning on documents or photographs.
o Do not lay note-taking materials on documents or photographs.
o Hold documents or photographs by their edges.
o Wash hands before touching documents and use non-coated plastic gloves for specimens
o Handle objects as little as possible.
o Maintain the existing order of materials being viewed.
o Researchers needing to bring special equipment to aid in their search must discuss this in advance with the curator.
o Archival materials are provided in limited quantities. i.e. one box at a time.
o Photographing collection materials are permitted with advanced arrangements and if the item is not considered fragile by the Museum Curator.
o Destructive or scientific analysis must be approved, in writing, in advance by the Superintendent or his agent and a copy of the request & approval must be on record with the Regional Director.
Do you, the researcher, acknowledge responsibility to observe and comply with all guidelines stipulated above in the Acadia National Park Museum Procedures and Guidelines for Handling Archival and Collections Materials? Violation of the above may result in cancellation of privileges.
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