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Libraries house and loan out published materials like books, audiovisual materials, and so on. Archives house one-of-a-kind materials relevant to the history of the supporting institution or the subject focus of the archives.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, our physical materials are not accessible. However, you are welcome to contact us via telephone (808-675-3868) or email (email@example.com). Our regular hours are usually 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We are in the Joseph F. Smith Library Building, which is building #33 on <this campus map. Enter the building and turn left. At the end of the hallway, turn right. Halfway down this second hallway, you will see a narrow staircase on your left. We are at the top of those stairs.
Please note that we are not ADA-compliant. If you are unable to negotiate stairs, please contact us in advance, and we will make arrangements to work with you in an accessible location.
The best place to park is the “Main Parking Lot” just above building #2 on this campus map. There is no charge for parking in this lot.
The JFS Libarary Catalog. will let you find many items that are housed in the Archives. After you perform your search, look in the Location field for “University Archives.” Most of our items are only findable using in our internal finding aid, which can only be used in our Reading Room.
In brief, materials relevant to the history of the Church College of Hawaii and Brigham Young University-Hawaii, as well as the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii and the Pacific region in particular. For more details, click on the “Collections” link on the Archives webpage.
Unfortunately, we do not have staffing to conduct your research for you. Doing research in an archive can be time-consuming, so please plan ahead.
Archival research is not a “fast-food” type of experience. You should plan on a minimum of one hour, and you could spend many hours, depending on the nature of your research.
The Archives are open to the general public as well. Please bring a photo ID with you and be willing to be abide by the Reading Room Rules posted elsewhere.
Our Reading Room Rules will give you the specifics, but you may bring pencils, writing paper, and a laptop. All other materials will need to be stored in a locker which we provide free of charge.
No self-service copying is available. Most documents and photographs may be scanned and the digital file can be emailed to the patron at no charge. Please do not expect immediate delivery. Other items such as video or audio files may need to be copied onto media by the Academic Multimedia Lab, also known as the AML or “Copy Center.” In that event, you will need to work with the AML regarding costs and delivery times.
Our copyright policy is located under “Policies” on the Archives website. Briefly stated, you may use the materials for non-profit and educational purposes, such as personal research, teaching and private study. Any other use requires written permission.
Archives materials do not circulate.
We will retrieve the materials from you and make them available when you return on another day.
Please contact the University Librarian for permission to use Archival materials for any non-educational use.
Please read our Donation Policy under the Policies link on the Archives homepage.
We are not able to assess monetary value of materials.
Generally you should contact a professional service to do this. If you would be willing to donate the original to the Archives and if the materials fits our Collection Development Policy, we could make arrangements to provide you a digital copy.
Because they house unique, irreplaceable items in their collections, museums and archives do not allow materials to leave their collections, unless they loan them to another museum for a short-term display.