Access Policy

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The Chester County Historical Society seeks to make its museum collections available to the public to the fullest extent possible through exhibits, lectures, publications, and other means. Special purpose access to the collections may be requested when the visitor’s needs require more than can be offered in a gallery tour or museum visit.

All requests for special access to the collections by individuals or groups will be made in writing to the museum on the Historical Society’s “Collections Access Request Form.”

The Chester County Historical Society generally charges a special research fee. It also reserves the right to charge an additional fee if the access visit causes the Society unusual and/or extraordinary expense.

The requester must be aware that sufficient advance notice is necessary in order to make the visit as productive as possible. If possible, a minimum of three weeks is preferred.

If the request is accepted, any and all conditions, limitations, and qualifications based on curatorial, conservation, physical, or other pertinent considerations will be clearly stated. If refused, a reasonable explanation will be made in writing.

Access to Chester County Historical Society’s collections is for personal use only. Separate restrictions and fees apply to the commercial use of the collection. 

Download Collections Access Request Form