Archives are open, even if you cannot visit them. Many archivists, curators, and special collections librarians are working from home, and some are even working in their offices. Depending on where they are located, some archives may be hosting limited researcher visits. Remember to check the archives’ website to learn about the opening status of the archives and their protocols for visitors.
Follow the instructions on the website for contacting the archives.
When initiating contact, it is helpful to inform the archivist about your research project as specifically as possible.
Some archives may be able to provide you with digital images, either taken with a phone or using a scanner.
If you are affiliated with a university, college, school, museum, or other institution that employs a librarian or archivist, you can ask them for assistance making scanning or research requests from other archives. They may be able to submit inter-library-loan (ILL) scanning requests on your behalf, or assist you in locating alternate materials. Don’t hesitate to ask for their help!