Using Off-site Materials

How to Access Collections Stored Off-site

Due to space constraints, many manuscript and rare book collections and all archival master's essays and doctoral dissertations are housed off-site and require advance notice for retrieval. We prefer 5 to 10 business days advanced notice to retrieve materials from off site storage. If the wait time is longer, a staff member will contact you.  If you need materials sooner, please be in touch in person or by phone to see if it can be arranged.

Master’s Essays and Doctoral Dissertations

All master’s essays and doctoral dissertations are stored off-site.  Please place your request through CLIO using your Special Collections Research Account. If you are interested in placing a remote photocopy request contact the University Archives (tel. 212-854-3786; for assistance.

RBML Collections

  • View the list of RBML and University Archives collections stored off-site.
  • Please use your Special Collections Research Account to request material prior to your research visit. Once you have followed the steps to request materials, you will have the opportunity to schedule a date for your request. If you are not sure if the collection you are interested in viewing is stored off-site, or you have other questions, do not hesitate to contact RBML staff for assistance.
  • Please note that the RBML off-site collections list is not currently applicable to Oral History materials stored off-site. For further information please contact the Columbia Center for Oral History directly.