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This guide provides a portal to some of the archival resources and services available at the Monmouth University Library.


These pages provide an overview of the archival resources and services available at the Monmouth University Library. Patrons requiring addtional information or assistance are encouraged to contact the archives collection manager at 732-923-4526.


The Monmouth University Library Archives acknowledges the vision and advocacy of Robert F. Van Benthuysen (1924-1990), former director of the Guggenheim Memorial Library.

About the Library Archives

The Monmouth University Library receives many materials that document the history and development of Monmouth University from its origins as a junior college to the present. Deposited by university offices and individual donors, the holdings of the Library Archives include a variety of official papers, publications, photographs and ephemera in addition to files that were created and maintained by the university staff on select topics pertaining to the school.

The first of these materials to be inventoried and processed were opened to library patrons for research during the Spring 2010 academic semester. Additional archival holdings will be made available on an ongoing basis as processing of accessioned items is completed.

Hours and Location

Office Hours (research visits by appointment):

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Monmouth University Library, Room 124.

Access to the Library Archives

Access to non-digital archival holdings is by appointment only and is subject to policies approved by the Monmouth University Library. Research appointments are scheduled by the archives collection manager. A minimum of three days notice is required to arrange an appointment for access to the Library’s open archival collections. Prospective patrons are encouraged to read the Library Archives Policies and Procedures before visiting the Library Archives.

Library Archives Policies and Procedures

Use of all non-digital holdings in the Library's archival collections is confined to the Library's Special Collections Reading Room. The Library's non-digital archival holdings do not circulate. The Library's non-digital archival holdings may not be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

Researchers must complete a Research Application Form and provide appropriate identification before they will be admitted to the Special Collections Reading Room. Copies of these documents will be kept on file at the Monmouth University Library.

Researchers must secure all bags, briefcases, coats, and personal articles before entering the Special Collections Reading Room.

Food, chewing gum and beverages of any kind are not permitted in the Special Collections Reading Room. Cellular phones are not permitted in the Special Collections Reading Room. Smoking is prohibited throughout the Monmouth University Library.

Pencils and personal computers are the only means of transcription permitted in the Special Collections Reading Room. The use of pens and markers is expressly prohibited. The use of cameras and other imaging equipment must be authorized by the archives collections manager.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to handle the requested items with care and to refrain from altering, or rearranging, collection materials.  Researchers may not place papers or other objects on collection materials when taking notes.  Researchers may not remove collection materials from clear Mylar enclosures. All collection materials requested by researchers should be left in the condition in which they were presented.

Photocopying of archival holdings will be performed by members of the library staff only, and only after the researcher has submitted a completed Application to Photocopy Form. The Monmouth University Library reserves the right to limit or refuse photocopy requests subject to the condition of collection materials and/or restrictions imposed by the collection donor or by the US Copyright Act. 

Permission to examine, or photocopy, collection materials does not imply permission to publish or quote. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain such permission from both the copyright holder and Monmouth University.

The Monmouth University Library reserves the right to inspect all research material before patrons exit the Special Collections Reading Room.

The Monmouth University Library reserves the right to deny access to any archival holdings that are fragile, not processed, or restricted by request of the collection donor.

Theft or mutilation of library materials constitutes a crime. Those who engage in such activity will be subject to prosecution.

Researchers who fail to abide by these policies or who behave in any manner that threatens to endanger the collection holdings, other researchers, or the property and staff of the Monmouth University Library will forfeit the privilege of access to the Library Archives.

Archives Collection Manager

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Chris Ellwood
Monmouth University Library
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Subjects: Archives