Prior to coming to research in-person at the UHCL Archives and Special Collections, we ask that you perform these steps first to ensure we can locate all of the materials for your research needs within a timely manner. We currently require research appointments, with 24-hour notice from non-University of Houston-Clear Lake researchers. For international researchers or international students, we require appropriate photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport) be shown before these researchers can access the Johnson Space Center History Collection and Human Space Flight Collection, due to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) we are required to abide by related to our holdings of NASA materials.
UHCL faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to schedule research appointments, but do accept walk-in campus researchers for such things as use of the various book collections in the UHCL Archives. Also, UHCL offices, colleges, or departments needing access to their institutional records are welcome to do research on the same day, as long as they contact the UHCL Archives staff ahead of time so we can have the appropriate materials pulled. Research appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., with the Archives stopping pulling records at 4:30 P.M. prior to closing. We do not have any COVID-19 restrictions currently, though we do recommend masks be worn and have masks available onsite if they are needed or desired.
We have a researcher registration form ALL Researchers will be required to fill out, and a list of usage rules (like no food or drinks around the materials, no pen, etc.) that must be followed. Researchers will not be provided the archival collection materials until they have read, understood, and agreed to follow the Archives usage rules. If the usage rules for archival materials are not followed, researchers may not be allowed to continue to have access to the archival materials, and will not be allowed to continuing researcher in the UHCL Archives.
For protection of the records and security, the UHCL Archives has a cabinet where ALL Researchers are required to store their personal belongings (other than pencil, notebook/paper, or laptop, which are allowed at the tables for research). If researchers do not follow these procedures, they will be asked to leave the UHCL Archives until they are ready to comply with and have constant observation of their research practices.
Steps to do before arriving at UHCL Archives and Special Collections
1. Choose your topic/area of interest
2. Select the collections' materials you would like to view
3. Contact the UHCL Archives to schedule your research
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