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Access to Archival Material

The documents in the Library & Archives have been given by their owners with the understanding that general archival practices will be followed in handling them. Use of all unpublished collections except the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics requires an approved Access Application. Moreover, some of the documents have had special limitations placed on their availability for examination and/or publication. The American Institute of Physics is consequently under an obligation to the original owner to preserve the documents in a proper manner, in addition to its scholarly obligation to make the material available to qualified researchers.

Accordingly, certain rules for the administration of the Library have been set up with a three-fold purpose:

  • to safeguard the trust of the donor
  • to make the documents readily available to qualified scholars within the limitations placed by the donors
  • to create conditions that will further the growth and the use of the Library.

We will let you know as soon as the application has been approved, and you can submit your questions and requests to nbl@aip.org. Use our online catalog to find the materials you would like to use. The Library is open between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Certain materials can be obtained through the mail on loan (microfilms of archival materials, photocopies of interview transcripts, etc.).

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Niels Bohr Library & Archives
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
301-209-3177
Fax: 301-209-3144
E-mail: nbl@aip.org