The Special Collections Department is open to all researchers. For those who cannot visit the
department in person, the staff will provide reference service and limited research service for collections
held in the department as described below. Reference and research requests for collections held in Drinko
Library or other Marshall University libraries must be directed to that library.
Reference service differs from research. We will provide reference service at no charge when the patron
can provide a specific location of an item. An example is a request for a copy of a Parthenon article
from the November 7, 1960 issue. Photocopying, postage and handling fees will apply.
Research requests involve searches for unspecified material about a particular subject which may be located
in one or more collections. All research requests will cost $25.00 per hour paid in advance for a
maximum of one hour. If nothing is found, no more than one hour's charge will be assessed. If more
than one hour is required, the patron will be notified before additional fees are charged. An example is a
request for copies of articles in the Parthenon about Homecoming during the 1960s. Additional fees
will be assessed for photocopying, postage and handling (see below).
All fees are to be paid before the work is done. Checks or
money order should be made out to “Marshall University”. The department reserves
the right to increase the following fees for large requests that would require
extensive use of resources and staff time to complete.
Please allow ten working days after receipt of payment for your research request to be processed.
All materials may be subject to the limitations stated in the Copyright Act of 1976. See:
Because of the fragile nature of some materials, reproduction in any form may not be possible.