Reference Assistance

How to Submit a Reference Request

Use the Service Request Form to submit a reference question to the staff of the Kennesaw State University Archives. Researchers must provide:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Preferred method of contact
  • Affiliation with Kennesaw State University
  • Request
  • Deadline to receive an answer

When filling out the form, give as much detail as possible regarding the request.

Processed Collections

For processed collections (Collections that have been organized, reviewed for confidentiality and privacy concerns and copyright restrictions, described, and housed in preservation-appropriate containers, and that have a record in the Archives online catalog), researchers must furnish the following information in the Request section of the form:

  • Collection title
  • Collection ID number
  • Box and/or folder number in which the content is located

Unprocessed Collections

Users may also inquire about collections that have not yet been processed (Collections that are in the same condition and order as when they were received by the Archives. There is no record for these collections in the Archives online catalog). Subjects should fall within the Archives' collecting areas:

  • Kennesaw State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Individuals and organizations in north and northwest Georgia

For unprocessed collections, researchers must supply a detailed description of the research topic, including:

  • Full names of individuals or organizations
  • Geographic locations
  • Dates or date ranges

It is the responsibility of the researcher to conduct his or her own research. Archivists are willing to assist with research inquiries as needed. Patrons requiring extensive research assistance should consult with JoyEllen Freeman and Dr. Tamara Livingston.

How to Schedule an Appointment

All patrons must make an appointment with an archivist in advance of any visit. This is because the Archives has a small staff and archivists must balance off-site activities, such as records pick-ups, professional consultations, educational and training opportunities, and community outreach, with on-site reference interviews, departmental meetings, and processing duties.

Archivists are the experts of the collections under their care. They can advise users on connections between collections, related materials, and items located in other archives. Users are encouraged to schedule a reference interview with an archivist before embarking on any research projects.

To schedule a meeting with an archivist, use the Service Request Form or telephone the Archives at (470) 578-6289. Appointments should be made at least 5 days ahead of time to ensure that an archivist is free to assist. Have a range of available dates and times ready. Archivists may not be able to accept the first choice.