Using Archives and Special Collections

Archives and manuscript materials at Pitts Theology Library are available for researchers to consult between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday (with the exception of Emory University holidays). All archives and manuscript materials must be used in the library's designated Special Collections and Archives reading area.

Please note that many of our collections are stored off-site and require 48 hours notice for access. We strongly encourage you to call in advance of your visit to confirm that the materials you need will be available. We also encourage you to browse our online subject guides and collection finding aids before your visit. This will allow you to pinpoint specific materials relevant to your project and make more efficient use of your time at the library.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Special Collections Reference Assistant at or 404-727-1223.

Getting to the Library

For directions to the library and parking information, see the library's directions and parking page.

If you are traveling from outside the Atlanta area to conduct research at the library, you might wish to see Emory University's visitor information page for information on transportation, hotels, and dining options.

While at the Library

The Special Collections and Archives reading area is located on the top level of Pitts Theology Library. When you arrive, please check in with the Special Collections Reference Assistant. You will be asked to show identification and complete a brief application form. You will also need to sign a statement indicating that you have read our rules for using archives and manuscript material, which are listed on the back of the application form.

These rules are designed to ensure the long-term preservation of our collections. You will be asked to keep your belongings, except for note-taking equipment, on the floor. You will need to take notes using a pencil rather than a pen; taking notes with a laptop computer is also allowed. Food or drink are not allowed in the reading area. For more information about our policies for using archives and manuscript material, see the Rules for Use of Archives and Manuscripts.

Obtaining Copies of Archives and Manuscript Material

You may request photocopies from most of our archives and manuscript collections. All photocopies must be made by library staff members; the charge is $.25 per page. Additional labor charges apply to photocopy orders of more than 50 pages. A detailed explanation of our photocopy policy is here. For information about using digital cameras to reproduce archives and manuscript material, see our digital camera policy.

If you have any questions or need additional information before planning a research visit, you may contact Debra Madera, Special Collections Reference Assistant (; 404-727-1223).