Hours, Policies and Access


Hours and Access

Archives and Special Collections is open to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth community, to the local community, and to researchers and all interested persons.  In-person visits to the Archives and Special Collections are currently available by appointment only. For the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, email spacheco@umassd.edu to set up an appointment between Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm.  For all other archival inquiries, email Judy Farrar at jfarrar@umassd.edu.  Please note that wearing a mask during the appointment and while handling collections, is required. 

Claire T. Carney Library Hours

Directions to UMass Dartmouth Library

Visitors should contact the Archives at least 2 days in advance to make parking arrangements.

Guidelines during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and Intercession

The Archives and Special Collections, including the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives continue to provide support for research during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and Intercession 2021, under the following guidelines:

  • Service priority will be given to members of the UMass Dartmouth community.
  • If possible, inquiries will be handled without the necessity of an in-person visit, referring patrons to online platforms, such as ArchivesSpace, Primo and the Digital Archives.
  • In person visits, if necessary, are by appointment only, scheduled with one of the Archives Librarians.
  • For in-person visits, please be specific about materials requested, so staff can retrieve them before your visit.
  • Please note that there may be limitations on what can be requested in a single visit.
  • For collection guides listing specific folders and boxes, see our ArchivesSpace finding aid database at https://archivesspace.lib.umassd.edu/
  • All visitors to the Archives and to campus must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • We ask that visitors to the Archives come alone if possible.
  • Access to Special Collections monographs and av material are by appointment only.  Note that these materials do not circulate and must be used in the reading room.
  • The Archives Librarians will determine, on a case-by-case basis, if it is appropriate to digitize materials on demand and email them to patrons.  Considerations include size and amount of material requested, as well as the condition and fragility of the materials to be digitized. 
  • Please note that under the circumstances, reference inquiries may take more time than normal to satisfy and depend upon the nature and accessibility of the archival materials involved.
  • Digital Archives collections are located at https://umassd.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/collectionDiscovery?vid=01MA_DM_INST:umassd_library

The Archives continues to provide support for courses during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, under the following guidelines:

  • One-on-one reference and class Instruction will be provided remotely through email, chat and online platforms.
  • Advance notice is needed to provide class instruction and is limited to the UMass Dartmouth community.
  • In-person class visits to the Archives are suspended for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
  • If at all possible, original archival materials will be scanned and made accessible in digital form for class use through the library’s digital repository at https://umassd.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/collectionDiscovery?vid=01MA_DM_INST:umassd_library.  Advanced notice is required for scanning. 
  • Internships in the Archives will be provided by prior arrangement with faculty and limited to UMass Dartmouth students.

Donations to the Archives

  • The Archives continues to accept donations of materials by prior arrangement through one of the Archives Librarians. 
  • If possible, please hold physical transfer of donations to the Spring 2021 semester.
  • The campus is currently closed to visitors, however, arrangements can be made in advance with the approval of the Archives division head or library dean. 
  • Contact Sonia Pacheco for donations to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, by email at spacheco@umassd.edu
  • Contact Judy Farrar for all other donations to the Archives, including university records, by email at jfarrar@umassd.edu.



Judy Farrar, Archives and Special Collections Librarian.  jfarrar@umassd.edu
(508) 999-8686

Sonia Pacheco, Archives Librarian, Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.  spacheco@umassd.edu
(508) 999-8695

Paula Celeste Gomes Noversa, Faculty Director, Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.  prioux@umassd.edu
(508) 910-6888

Care and Handling of Archival Material

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Duplication fees and guidelines


The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at UMass Dartmouth offers access to the materials in the Archives and Special Collections for use in research, private study and teaching.  Some materials may be protected by copyright.  Reproduction of items beyond that allowed by the Fair Use doctrine of the U.S. Copyright Code (section 108) requires written permission of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections and/or the copyright owners.  Materials with no copyright are considered in the public domain.  If you feel you hold legal righs in the copyright of any materials included on this site, or your copyright has been infringed, under Section 512 (c) of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) you may notify the archives by email or in writing to request that it be taken down.

email:  jfarrar@umassd.edu