In order to preserve the integrity of the Research Center and its materials, the following rules are strictly enforced.
- During the researcher’s first visit to the Research Center of each fiscal year (January 1 – December 31), an annual registration form must be read and filled out.
- Researchers and visitors must sign the guest register each day when entering the Research Center.
- All briefcases, purses, and other personal containers must be left with a research assistant. A coat rack is provided for coats.
- Only pencils, which can be provided, may be used in the Research Center. No pens or markers are allowed.
- Staff permission is needed for the use of laptops, computers, or other electronic equipment. No digital cameras or scanners are to be used without the expressed permission of LACS Staff.
- All materials must be handled carefully. They must in no way be leaned upon, marked, bent, creased, or torn. Their existing arrangement must be preserved. Filed papers must be maintained in proper order while archival boxed items are to stay in the order they are found. Any errors in cataloging, dating, or filing as well as any damage to materials must be promptly reported to the staff.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the Research Center.
- Visitors are to request surname files, place files, and topic files from a research assistant. File cabinets containing surname files, place files, and topic files are closed to visitors and are not self-service.
- When searching files, visitors may use only one file folder at a time so as to not mix up items from various file folders. Do not refile file folders. A research assistant will show you where to return file folders after you are finished with them.
- There is a nominal fee for photocopies. A research assistant will make all photocopies for you; there is no self-service. The Research Center reserves the right to restrict use or photocopying of some research materials including certain bound volumes, oversized sheets, and fragile items.
- The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in his or her use of manuscripts and/or other materials.
- The researcher must inform a research assistant of his or her departure. The researcher must also accept the research assistant’s request to observe all materials, photocopies, books, etc. before departing.
- By law, the Research Center is given the right to detain any persons suspected of attempting the unauthorized removal of any document, map, book, or other archival material (Wisconsin Statues Chap. 943.60. Test in Laws of 199, Chap. 245). Penalties for archival theft include a fine of up to $10,000 and prison terms from nine months to ten years depending on the value of the materials taken.