It is only fitting that our the ribbon cutting for our brand new Archives and Research Center (ARC) took place in October – American Archives Month. After years of planning, the completion of the building project in 2019, the completion of the collections move in early 2020, the cancellation of our originally scheduled opening in April 2020, and a prolonged closure due to the pandemic for the bulk of the next eighteen months, we are very excited to announce that our grand opening took place on October 7, 2021. It was a lovely event which gave us the chance to thank our donors and supporters, and it was certainly a long time coming.
With that, we are pleased to announce that today, November 1, we are officially opening our doors to the public for research access. With our custom built shelving and storage for our archival and curatorial collections, our spacious processing room for volunteers and staff, and our beautiful reading room with a browsing library and exhibit cases, we are more prepared than ever to share Lexington’s history with visitors, scholars, and researchers.
Our previous Archival Procedures remain generally unchanged for researchers visiting this new space; however, as seems to frequently be the case recently, the pandemic has necessitated that we implement some additional requirements for those wishing to do research in the new space. We will be requiring proof of vaccination prior to research visits, masks will be necessary for all visitors, and the number of researchers permitted in the space at any given time is limited to two. We hope to make the space as safe as possible for staff, volunteers, and researchers.
If you are interested in making an appointment for research, please fill out a Research Request Form on our website. We will accommodate researchers as soon as possible, but please allow three weeks for research appointments to be scheduled, and please allow three weeks for us to respond to all research requests.
We look forward to sharing ARC with all of you, and we are incredibly excited to finally have this wonderful storage space for all of our historic treasures!
-Elizabeth Mubarek, Archives Manager
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