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Policies Regarding the Use of the Nabb Research Center

 Who can use the Nabb Research Center?

  • Use of the Nabb Research Center is free to the public, and to all Salisbury University faculty, students and staff.
  • Anyone may support the Center by becoming a member or by making a donation

Patrons are required to:

  • Sign visitors’ log.
  • Leave backpacks, briefcases, purses, bags, books and outer clothing in the lockers provided.
  • Bring only pencils (no pens) and paper for note-taking into the Reading Room (laptop computers, cell phones with volume down and cameras are permitted). 
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Carey Family Research Room.

While researching:

  • Check with receptionist or research assistant for assistance in locating materials, loading microfilm, computer access and using the database to search collections.
  • Do not re-shelve books or microfilm. They should be place on bookcart near bookshelves.
  •  Do not refile vertical file folders.
  • While conversation is allowed, please be considerate of other patrons by keeping voices low.
  • Copier and microfilm printer are available for self-service use. Copies are 25 cents per page. Due to copyright restrictions, large portions of books may not be copied. 
  • Staff is available to help you locate materials and answer questions, but we are not able to do your research for you.
  • We ask all patrons who wish to photocopy manuscript or other unnumbered pages to never remove an individual page from its folder. Carry the closed folder to the photocopy machine, copy one page at a time and replace the copied page as soon as the copy is made.

Requesting archival materials:

  • Please complete and sign an archival material request form to request archival materials.
  • Boxes containing archival items will remain at the front desk.  You will given one folder at a time.  Please handle archival items carefully. You may be required to wear gloves when handling some items.
  • Some archival items may be too delicate or too large to be scanned or photocopied.  Ask at front desk for assistance before trying to copy any archival items. Cell phone pictures are permitted. 
  • Due to staffing, we are unable to pull archival materials on Saturdays and evenings, unless you have requested the materials in advance.
  • Return archival materials to the front desk when finished.

The Nabb Research Center cannot perform pro bono research of any kind due to staffing limitations. All research performed at the request of patrons, organizations or other entities is carried out based on availability of staff and will incur fees.  See "Research by Mail" and "Research Fee Schedule" below. Some fees may be waived for non-profit organizations.

Copyright and fair use standards must be followed on any published materials.  Obtaining copyright permissions are the responsibility of the user. 

Proper crediting of the Nabb Research Center must be included in all publications, works or exhibits arising from research activities using material within its collection.  Collections should be cited as stated in the appropriate finding aid. In the event that a finding aid is not available credit lines should be cited as Collection Name, Collection Type. Courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland.

An example of how the Collection Name and Type would read is:
The Harold Bennett Rare Book Collection, Special Collections. Courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland.

A courtesy copy of published material using Nabb Research Center resources is requested.

Research by Mail:

For a pre-paid fee, a staff researcher or volunteer will perform genealogical or local historical research utilizing sources available at the Nabb Research Center.  We cannot guarantee results, but will make every effort to respond to your research request.  We will advise you if your request is beyond the scope of our resources or if staff time is not available for extensive research requests.  Your credit card or check will be processed when received.

Membership must be current for Member prices to apply.

Please allow up to 6 – 8 weeks to process requests.

Research Fee Schedule

Members:  $30 for 1st hour & $25 each additional hour 

Non-members:  $50 for 1st hour & $40 each additional hour

Prices include up to 10 pages of copied material; each additional page - 50 cents

Minimum fee – 1 hour charge 

Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery; check/credit card will be processed upon receipt.

Exact citation photocopy only:

With an exact citation provided by you, we can send (email or mail) scans or photocopies of printed or microfilmed materials.  Price is per each cited item.  Following copyright laws, we will not make photocopies of complete books. 

Members:  $15 includes up to 10 pages; 50 cents for each additional page

Non-members:  $20 includes up to 10 pages; 50 cents for each additional page

Making Requests:

In order to make the most efficient use of time, describe your request needs as clearly as possible by telling us what you already know that will help with identification, what you want to know, and what sources you have already used.  Relevant information should be sent along with your request.  Let us know if there are specific sources you want searched.  Complete the Research By Mail Request Form.

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