The policy of the Dominican Archives is to provide unrestricted access to all archival materials in its possession to researchers, educators, students, historians, policymakers and others who have a need to use the Archives.
Although the Archives acknowledges its responsibility to provide unrestricted access to the historical records under its care, it will, under certain circumstances, limit access, delay research availability, or place other restriction to its archival collections when it deems necessary to assure the integrity, confidentiality, and security of the records. Restrictions apply only to specific records or collections and may include the viewing, transcription, reproduction, publishing, or other use of the restricted records. Request for access to restricted materials will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Rules and Regulations Regarding Use of the Dominican Archives
Access to Unrestricted Materials
To obtain access to archival materials, the prospective user must fill out a Request for Access to Archival Materials Form or a send a letter, in advance, to the Chief Archivist stating the scope and purpose of the research project and the type of archival materials needed.
Access to Restricted Materials
To obtain access to restricted archival materials, the prospective user will be required to fill out a Request for Access to Restricted Archival Materials Form and provide written proof of legitimate research or genealogical need to access restricted records, and to agree to abide by all federal, state and local laws, rules, or regulations governing the use of restricted archival materials.