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Spring 2021: Sherrill and Moriarty Library are closed as part of the Lesley University COVID-19 response.  Please visit us online through our library website and via our Ask-A-Librarian service,and see our Remote Services Guide.

Lesley University Archives

Welcome to the Lesley University Archives!

Lesley family coat of arms

The Lesley University Archives collects, preserves, and organizes Lesley's historical documents and makes them available for research by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public. 

This guide provides information about:

  • Our collections
  • How to search for, request, and use archival collections
  • Digital archives available online
  • Lesley University history
  • Additional archival resources


All members of the Lesley Community and the general public are welcome.

Collections may be viewed by appointment only.  Please contact the Archivist in advance.

Archival materials are non-circulating and are for in-library use only.

Researchers will be asked to review user guidelines (see below), complete a registration form,
and show one form of photo identification.

Archivist Hours:  Mondays and Fridays, 10am - 3pm


Phone:  617-349-8573


Students studying in Stebbins Library, 1958


User Guidelines

Safeguarding and Promoting the Use of the Archives

Rules and Regulations

  1. All users must fill out and sign the User Registration form, show positive current photo identification and sign the user log daily.
  2. Due to preservation concerns, food, drink, and smoking are not permitted in the research area.
  3. Keep all records in their present arrangement; loose pages will remain in order if turned like pages in a book.
  4. Please only use one folder at a time.
  5. To preserve the originals for future use, please make no marks or erasures or other changes in the records.
  6. Due to the risk of inadvertent damage to documents, use of ink is prohibited; please take notes in pencil.
  7. Photocopying is permitted, if it is in accordance with donor agreements and copyright restrictions, unless the item is fragile, exceptionally valuable, or too large.  When allowed, it is limited to single copies for the user’s reference use only.  Ask archivist or librarian for assistance.
  8. These materials are provided for reference use only.  The user agrees to publish no portion of them without the written permission of the Archives and/or the copyright holder, and assumes sole responsibility for any infringement of the literary rights, copyrights, or other rights which pertain to these materials.
  9. With the exception of some books, the records may not circulate; they must stay in the Archives.
  10. Theft, destruction or mutilation of the materials is a crime.
  11. The user agrees to give the Archives a complimentary copy of any publication relying heavily on its collections.
  12. Citations should follow this format:  identification of item, name of collection, The Lesley University Archives, Lesley University.

The Lesley University Archives wishes to provide its collections for use in every way consistent with good scholarship, productive research, and archival preservation.

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