The CWRU Archives maintains the corporate memory of Case Western Reserve University by preserving and using University records and publications of continuing value. Materials in the Archives document the significant aspects of the University's development and serve as a convenient source of reliable information about University programs, people, policies, and property.
Anyone can use the CWRU Archives. Some material may be restricted in accordance with the Access Policy. The University depends on records to develop programs and services, make critical strategic decisions, protect property rights, manage projects, serve students, and generate revenue. The CWRU Archives helps busy staff manage University records by providing guidance on organizing, storing and disposing of records.
If you have not done research in the CWRU Archives, here is what to expect and some suggestions for making the most out of your visit. Contact us before you visit. We will help you identify relevant sources and what, if any, access restrictions apply. Identifying relevant sources is not always as simple as it seems, so make this initial contact well in advance of a planned visit.
Make an appointment
We must have at least one business day’s notice to retrieve identified materials from storage. Identified materials means you know the record series or item exists in the Archives and that it is unrestricted.
What to expect in the reading room
The materials in the Archives are often fragile, always rare or unique, and usually irreplaceable. To make sure the records remain usable, careful handling is required.
On your first visit you will fill out a visitor registration form, providing your name, contact information, and a description of your project.
Materials will be brought to you in the reading room and they may be used only in the reading room. Eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited in the reading room.
Computers, cell phones, and cameras
You are welcome to use computers during your visit. You are encouraged to make your own copies using your own cameras, phones, or tablets, but not scanners. We can make copies for you, but not usually during your visit.