Wolbach Library and HCO's Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection
Our reference teams have answered frequently asked reference questions and provided guidance on accessing collections below. If the answer to your question cannot be found there, the reference teams are also available to help researchers locate the materials, retrieve answers to specific questions about our collections, and answer general questions via the following email addresses:
- For Wolbach Library reference questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Astronomical Glass Plate Collection questions, please email: email@example.com
Wolbach Library and the Glass Plate Collection are located at the Center for Astrophysics. However, most records and special collections are stored off-site. Researchers should contact the Library or the Collection at least two weeks prior to visiting to ensure that records can be made available in upon their arrival. Researchers visiting Wolbach Library or the Glass Plate Collection must abide by the below Visiting Researcher Rules.
Researchers staying one day:
Please contact either Wolbach Library or the Glass Plate Collection with a specific research request at least two weeks prior to your visit.
- Due to limited staff, our teams are not able to do your research for you, but we are happy to assist in accessing collections of interest.
Extended research visits:
- Visitors coming to the CfA for more than one day will be required to fill out a few forms in addition to abiding by the rules for one-day visitors.
- You will need a sponsor within the Center for Astrophysics who can sign a sponsorship letter for you.
- You will need to sign a short liability waiver and an on-site access permission form.
Please note, the Glass Plate Collection is unable to process loan requests at this time. However, if a museum or university would like to produce a plate facsimile, please contact the Curator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for permission and a list of good candidates for your exhibit.
See Wolbach Library's Borrowing Procedures for more information about loans of circulating collection items. Please contact the Head Librarian (email@example.com) for more information about loans for exhibitions.
Please note, a readable copy is preferred to the loan of original documents. Our main concern is for the survival of the original primary evidence and its continued availability for all users. The Glass Plate Collection and Wolbach Library retain the authority to reject loan requests.
We require written permission to reproduce any images owned by either Wolbach Library or the Glass Plate Collection. Please contact the appropriate entity for your specific image request.
For permission to publish a glass plate photograph, please contact the curator, Lindsay Smith Zrull, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For unlimited use of an astronomical glass plate image in your publication or film, the observatory charges $40 per image. For students or non-profit entities with small budgets, speak with the curator directly about a waiver. In select cases, the curator/librarian may choose to waive a permission fee based on merit. Contact the collections manager directly if you need assistance in this matter.
For permission to publish images or reproductions of content from Wolbach Library’s collections, please email email@example.com. Wolbach Library does not charge for reproductions, but does require requestors sign a reproduction agreement.