and Use Policy:
The materials housed
in the PCA Historical Center are normally available to members of
the PCA and the general public. Certain restrictions do apply to
the use of these materials and patrons are expected to know and
abide by these common courtesies.
Hours of operation are currently Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays by special appointment. The Center is
otherwise closed on weekends and all major holidays.
- No materials
may be checked out or otherwise removed from the Historical Center
without specific written permission from the Director.
PCA Historical Center operates on a call system. Researchers are
not permitted to work in the stacks. Call slips are submitted
to the staff, who then retrieve materials for use in the Reading
- Where copyright
laws are not infringed, photocopies may be made of most documents.
The staff will copy reasonable amounts of material upon request,
with the cost of copying to be paid by the researcher. The current
charge [as of March 1, 2001] is fifteen cents per single-sided
- The PCA
Historical Center reserves all intellectual property rights to
the materials housed in its Collection, either as owner or as
trustee, depending upon the records in question. Photocopies made
of documents in the Collection are not to be duplicated or otherwise
deposited in other locations without express permission in writing
from the Director of the PCA Historical Center. Likewise, permission
to publish significant portions of any materials held by the PCA
Historical Center must first be obtained in writing from the Director.
- The researcher
assumes all responsibility for observing both copyright and libel
laws in the use of any materials housed at the PCA Historical
Center. The researcher further agrees to hold harmless the PCA
Historical Center, its Director and all staff in any actions arising
out of the researcher's use of these materials.
- All materials
housed at the Center should be considered fragile. Never place
anything on top of the records that are being examined. Researchers
should take special care not to place note-taking papers on top
- Please endeavor
to preserve the order of the materials as they are presented to
you. If you find documents out of order, please bring this to
the attention of the staff.
- Please use
pencils only for taking notes and take special care not to add
any marks to the documents being examined. Pencils will be provided
on request. All ink pens, highlighters, and other markers should
be left in your briefcase.
are permitted the use of laptop computers, so long as their use
does not disturb other patrons.
- No eating,
drinking, or smoking is permitted in the Center's Reading Room.
- All researchers
will be asked to sign a form agreeing to these conditions before
access will be permitted to the requested materials.
on Specific Materials:
and Session records are held as restricted materials, due to the
nature of the pastoral issues that may be discussed within these
records, and so are normally available only to verified members
of those bodies. The usual length of this viewing restriction
is fifty years from the date of origin, unless otherwise noted.
Researchers who desire to examine specific records should first
contact the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery or Session in question,
requesting a letter of written permission. The original of this
letter should be sent by the Stated Clerk to the PCA Historical
Center and should be received at least one week prior to the researcher's
arrival at the Center.
- A relative
few collections are either in part or in whole under a viewing
restriction due to their sensitive content. Outside of Presbytery
and Session records, perhaps less than 1% of the Center's holdings
fall into this category. Where they occur, these restrictions
are prominently posted in the finding aids of the Collection.
may also be restricted from handling particularly fragile or rare
items. Where this is necessary, the staff of the Historical Center
will seek to find ways to make the content available while protecting
the integrity of the materials being examined.
which are still being processed are not available for use by researchers.
Please understand that the staff can not make these materials
available, since this only interrupts the processing procedure
and further delays completion of that collection.