Due to COVID-19, Manuscripts and Archives' hours, procedures, and available services have changed. The information on this page may not reflect these changes. Please see Resumption of Services Information for current guidance.
If you are unable to travel to New Haven, you may wish to consider hiring a local research assistant. The terms of employment are between you and your assistant, and Manuscripts and Archives, the Yale University Library, or Yale University have no involvement in such negotiations. Paid research assistants are welcome to set their own hourly rates. We do require your research assistant to complete our researcher registration process and follow all terms and conditions for access to Yale special collections.
The following are possible options to explore in order to locate a research assistant. You will need to be able to describe your research needs succinctly in order to utilize any of these services. Be sure to include any special research skills required, such as languages.
Finally, Manuscripts and Archives maintains a periodically updated list of individuals familiar with our reading room who have indicated their willingness to provide fee-based research assistance. Please send an email if you would like us to send you the current list.