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Accessing the archive

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21-column reproducing punch, undated. The inclusion of a posed (generally female) 'operator' was conventional in marketing and display images in the postwar period and beyond [ICT Photograph Library 173/2241]

Access to material stored in the National Archive for the History of Computing is provided by Special Collections staff at the John Rylands University Library.

As many items in the Archive are valuable, the Archive operates on a 'closed-access' basis. Material may be ordered via Library staff, and will be brought to your desk for consultation; it is not possible to browse the Archive shelves.

To use the Archive, please

  • Use the catalogue available under contents of the Archive to find the classmarks of the items you wish to view;
  • Contact the Library staff by email with your request. Please be specific about your requirements, and be realistic about how much you can scan in a day. We must also ask that you give at least five working days' notice to ensure collection: parts of the Archive are housed some distance from the reading room, and we may need to make special transport arrangements for some items.

Using the Library

Although the NAHC is administered by Special Collections staff, access is provided on the main Library site (not the Special Collections reading room on Deansgate).

The main Library site is located west of Oxford Road towards the southern end of the University campus, building 55 on the map provided under Maps on the central University site. New readers should enquire at the reception desk on arrival. NAHC materials are normally available for consultation 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

Users are not permitted to copy material held by Special Collections; staff are able to arrange copying at a charge in most cases.

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