All researchers using collection material, both in the secure environment of the Manuscripts and Archives reading room and through our reference or reprographic services, must complete the following registration process:
- First, complete the online registration form.
- Second, read and agree to the Manuscripts and Archives User Agreement for Special Collections, which is an integral part of the online registration form. See here if you wish to read the User Agreement before completing the online portion of the registration process. By completing the form and clicking through the I Agree icon at the end of the User Agreement you indicate that you understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of use under which the Yale University Library provides access to the unique and irreplaceable special collections held in Manuscripts and Archives.
Once you have completed the first two online steps of the registration process you will have an account in Aeon, Yale's online special collections registration and requesting system, which will allow you to begin requesting collection materials and other services. Please note the username and password that you create for yourself during the registration process (Yale affiliates will log in using their NetID). Contact Manuscripts and Archives public services staff (203-432-1735 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any difficulty accessing your Aeon account.
For researchers planning an in-person visit to use collection materials in the Manuscripts and Archives reading room, you will need to do the following upon arrival:
Supply ONE of the following:
Supply the following:
AND ONE verification document containing your name and issued by a school, agency, or corporate body.
- Have a current photograph of yourself taken by special collections staff for inclusion in the internal patron database used to confirm the identify of patrons using special collections.
Once your registration is completed you can be signed into any Yale University Library special collections reading room without presenting an ID each time.
Your special collections account information will need to be updated and your current photograph re-taken annually.