Ryerson Archives & Special Collections has established handling procedures in order to protect the condition of our material and ensure our collections remain accessible for future use.
Please note that our material does not circulate and must be viewed inside our reading room.
Watch this video on Safe Handling of Collection Material created by the University of Melbourne to know what to expect when visiting an archival repository.
In addition to our general handling procedures, keep in mind the following considerations when working with archival documents such as correspondence, notes and manuscripts.
We have a wide variety of unique, rare and valuable books in our collections. Regardless of their age or condition they should all be handled with care.
To following video by the University of Texas at San Antonio outlines tools and techniques for handling rare books.
Photographic material, including prints, negatives and slides, require additional precautions since they may be vulnerable to natural oils or other elements transmitted when handling.
Review this video by the University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections for "do's" and "don'ts" for handling photographic prints.