Accessing the National Steinbeck Center Archive: Remotely
It may not always be possible for scholars and interested parties to visit our archive in-person. As much as possible, the National Steinbeck Center would like to facilitate the use of our archive, regardless of a person’s location. However, there are limitations and considerations to keep in mind.
- The Archivist is willing and able to answer questions about the archive, holdings, or provide answers for questions about Steinbeck, his works, and other subjects covered by the contents of the archive. However, she cannot do extensive research in order to answer questions.
- Copies, scans, and electronic attachments of archival holdings may be obtained, but evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The nature of an archive is that the collection does not circulate. Under no circumstances will original items and documents be lent out to individual researchers or scholars. However, scans, copies, and electronic attachments of some items may be possible, depending on the nature of the inquiry, the item requested, and the time involved in filling the request. As most of the collection is unpublished material, no more than one quarter of any given folder, envelope, or item will be copied/scanned and sent for any reason; for larger sub-collections, no more than ten percent. If physical copies are requested, the requester will bear the cost (per page) for coping, staff time, and shipping.
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