Accessing the National Steinbeck Center Archive: In Person
The Archive at the National Steinbeck Center is meant to further two core values: preservation and access. The materials in the Archive are of vital importance to scholarship about John Steinbeck, Salinas and California history, and Literature. As such, the materials in the Archive are a resource that needs to be preserved and maintained in order to ensure future availability. However, unless this resource can be used by scholars, researchers, and students of all disciplines, preservation of these materials remains fruitless. Therefore, we at the National Steinbeck Center welcome researchers and scholars to make use of the materials, though in such a manner that embodies best archival practices for the preservation of each item.
- Appointments are strongly encouraged
Please contact the Archivist at:
or call (831) 775-4734 Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm to set up an appointment for a research session. This allows the Archivist to prepare in advance, ensuring visitors’ time is well-spent.
- Visitors must have state or national issued ID and sign-in with the Archivist
Visitors need to identify themselves and sign the archives logbook. Records of visits will be kept private, though anonymized information may be used for improving procedure and archival holdings.
- Only one folder or item at a time
There is no limit to the records a visitor can access during their visit, though only one folder or item can be used at a time.
- Never add or erase any mark(s) in books or manuscripts
Marks on items are either an original part of the item or are added for identification purposes.
- Please do not touch the surface of photos, texts, or illustrations
- Please do not place arms, elbows, objects, papers, or Post-It notes on materials
- Do not rest materials on the edge of tables or hold items in your lap
- Visitors must wash hands
Lotions and hand sanitizers leave damaging residue that accelerates the rate of decay of fragile items.
- Visitors may only have the following items during their visit
Pencils, loose sheets of paper, laptops, personal headphones for audio sessions, sealable bottles of water—to be kept closed and on the floor when not in use.
- The following items are prohibited
Bags, coats, umbrellas, cameras, food, beverages other than water, books, pens, markers, highlighters. These items must be kept stowed and away from the archival items or left in the visitor’s car.
- At no time will visitors be allowed in the Archival Vault area
- The Archives adheres to all standards and laws concerning copyright. Copying Archival material is evaluated on a case-by-case basis
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