How to Request Archival Materials

Use these directions to request archival materials using the Specialized Research Collections Request System, after you have created a request account.

Note: If the items you want to use do not have an online finding aid, please contact a Specialized Research Collections staff member first.

1. Open a web browser and go to the USC Libraries Specialized Research Collections Request System home page. You will be presented with two options: one for USC users and one for Other users. Choose the appropriate button and log in.


Specialized Research Request System


2. From your account page select "Finding Aids" from the New Request section.

3. Once you have determined which materials you would like to use, click the “Request materials” button in the upper left corner of the finding aid.

Archives Space Request Link

4. You will then see a screen that asks you to login. If you are already logged in you will not need to do so again, simply click the login button.

5. You will be taken to your account page where you will see the request form.  Please check to make sure that the collection information and box number(s) are filled in.

Aeon Request Form

6. When you make the request, please provide the date you wish to consult the item(s); if you are making the request once you are in ONE Archives reading room, you do not need to choose a date.

Schedule Request Form

7. Click on the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the screen to complete the request. Please note: some archival materials may take 1 to 4 weeks to retrieve.

8. Once you have submitted a request you will see a message across the top of the screen that tells you the transaction number for that request and how many active requests you currently have. The limit is 25. You will also see all other items you have requested. Check back periodically to find out the status of your request.

Questions about making a request? Contact us!