Research Requests and Guidelines

Please submit your Research Request to the appropriate department below. If you are interested in visiting collections from multiple departments, please submit a request to each department. 


Museum Registration Research Requests

To submit a research request to access materials in Museum Registration (object collections), please download the Museum Registration Research Request Form, review the guidelines, fill out the form, and email a completed and signed copy to Helen McDonald, Museum Registrar (helenmcd@uchicago.edu). Requests much be submitted at least six (6) months in advance of the desired dates for a research visit that involves access to the collections. Please note, we are currently undergoing a Gallery Enhancements Project at the Oriental Institute Museum, which will continue through 2020. As a result, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of research visits during this period. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.


Museum Archives Research Requests 

To submit a research request to access materials in the Museum Archives (photographic and document archives), please download the Museum Archives Research Request Form, review the guidelines, fill out the form, and email a completed and signed copy to Anne Flannery, Museum Archivist (asflanne@uchicago.edu). As stated in the guidelines, requests must be submitted at least four (4) weeks in advance of the desired dates for a research visit that involves access to the archives.  


Tablet Collection Research Requests

To submit a research request to access materials in the Tablet Collection, please download the Tablet Collection Research Request Form, review the guidelines, fill out the form, and email a completed and signed copy to Susanne Paulus, Tablet Collection Curator (paulus@uchicago.edu). Requests must be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of the desired dates for a research visit that involves access to the tablet collection. 


Research Archives Requests

For those wishing to access the Research Archives (the academic library of the Oriental Institute), information can be found on the Research Archives "Hours, Access, and Contact" webpage.