Access Restrictions

The University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections offers broad public access to our collections as a contribution to education and scholarship. However, digital and/or physical access to certain collections, parts of collections, or items may be restricted due to copyright law, donor agreements, and/or privacy and confidentiality.


While we are not prevented from providing physical access to copyrighted materials in our Reading Room, copyright law may prevent us from providing offsite, digital access to materials, particularly to the general public. (See Rights and Reuse for more information.)

Donor Agreements

In some cases, a donor may request or require that access to materials be restricted. Restricted materials may not be accessed without written permission from the donor or his/her estate.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Access to University Archives materials that include personally identifiable information is restricted in accordance with the University Privacy and Confidentiality Policy (PDF) and related laws and regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Other Sensitive Materials

Access restrictions may also be applied to other sensitive content, such as internal University correspondence or administrative records, which are generally restricted for 25 years from the date of creation.