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Access to Collections: General Policies

Collections in the YIVO Archives are open to the public unless restricted by the donor at the time of collection transfer. All collections in the YIVO Archives are open by appointment only

Case Files
Access to case files of living persons is generally denied unless a) there are no privacy issues; b) the researcher is the subject of the case file; c) there are no additional restrictions on access by the institution whose records are in question. The policy followed for case files of individuals who are no longer alive but whose children or grandchildren may be alive is consistent with privacy laws and policies followed by other archival repositories in the United States with similar records of case files. Researchers given access to case files may read them only for the purpose of obtaining general historical data and may not record specific information about individuals. Researchers given access to such materials must sign a Confidentiality Form in which they agree to abide by all YIVO Archives requirements.

Collections being processed or unprocessed collections
Unprocessed collections or collections being processed or preserved in the conservation shop or being microfilmed are usually closed for the duration of the project.

Fragile collections or collections in poor condition
Access to collections in very poor condition is granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Chief Archivist.

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