Preparing For Your Research Visit

Before you arrive, here are some hints & rules to keep in mind:


  • Submit an appointment request through our Research Inquiry Form prior to arrival. Please allow up to two business days for a response.
  • See here for Research Hours & Fees.
  • Please be sure to alert us if you are a member of the Valentine to enjoy your free or reduced research fee!
  • Due to limited space, please let us know how many people will be in your research group at the time of scheduling.

Arrival & Registration

Personal Belongings

  • Lockers are available in the museum lobby to secure belongings.

Permitted Items

  • Pencils
  • Notepaper
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Cell phone

Prohibited Items

  • Bags, purses and backpacks
  • Food and drink
  • Gum
  • Pens
  • Coats
  • Scanners
  • Tripods
  • Photography lighting equipment

Object Handling

  • All materials must remain in the respective research areas of the Valentine.
  • No marks or erasures may be made on the documents or objects.
  • Researchers wear gloves as directed by staff when handling collection items.
  • Food, drink and gum are prohibited. Please finish consuming before you arrive.


  • The use of ink pens for note-taking is prohibited. All note-taking must be done in pencil.
  • Pencils and notepaper are available if needed.

Photography and Copies

  • Photography and copying of collection items or documents is allowed for personal and research use only, provided that permission is granted by staff.
  • Lighting, tripods or other photography equipment are prohibited.
  • Flash photography is generally prohibited.
  • Scanners are prohibited.
  • Reproductions, replica, imitation, or copies of images and/or objects in the Valentine collection is prohibited without written permission from the Valentine.