Library Policies

Acquisition Policy

Potential acquisitions, transfers, and gifts of collection materials are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the professional staff of the Mattatuck Museum.

The Museum is most interested in materials related to the town of Waterbury, its businesses, organizations, and citizens.

Conditions governing retention: The repository and the donor will agree on the manner in which items that are unsuitable for retention will be treated. Acceptance of a collection is not a commitment to retain it in perpetuity.

Donations will not be accepted on deposit.

Archival Access: 

The Max R. Traurig Library is open to researchers by appointment only, and appointments must be scheduled at least one week in advance to ensure time to identify materials best suited to the researcher’s interests.

Researchers are encouraged to browse our Finding Aids prior to reaching out to the archivist to narrow down what collections might be of interest for an in-person appointment.

Max R. Traurig Library Research Policies

The Max R. Traurig Library is a supervised area in which researchers may examine the collections held by the Mattatuck Museum. Rules governing the use of materials are designed to protect and secure these collections and to preserve them for future research use.

Before accessing materials, all researchers must register and present photo ID, place personal belongings in the designated lockers, and wash their hands.

While in the Traurig Library please observe the following:

  • Use pencils only
  • No food or drink, including cough drops, candy, and chewing gum
  • No bags, including purses, laptop, and camera cases
  • No overcoats
  • Make sure documents rest fully on the work surface
  • Turn pages from the top of the document
  • Limit handling of documents, do not write on or trace materials
  • Do not fold pages
  • Maintain the order of loose papers in folders, and the order of folders in boxes. If you believe something is misplaced in a collection, please notify the archivist.
  • Use paper markers to keep your place
  • Use book cradles to support the spine of volumes (provided upon request)
  • Use weights to keep oversized documents in place (provided upon request)
  • Avoid placing anything on the document (especially elbows)
  • Use of camera flash and tripods may be limited; no use of additional lighting or supports are allowed, other than those supplied by the archivist.
  • Notify the archivist if you find torn or very fragile items in the collections that should be removed for repair. If book pages are uncut, notify the archivist and do not separate them yourself.

Reproduction Policy

Reproductions may be made available for one-time use for research, teaching, and/or private study and may not be further copied or made available to another researcher or repository without prior permission. Permission to publish or otherwise use reproductions for a commercial purpose must be obtained in writing from the The Mattatuck Museum and the copyright holder. Each researcher must assume full responsibility for any legal questions that may arise as a result from use of reproductions.

You are welcome to bring your own camera into the reading room to take photographs of research material.

The Museum can provide copies for you. Fee schedule here: 

Self-Service Photography Policy

Self-service photography for personal reference purposes is permitted for certain collections. Photographs taken in the library are subject to copyright, privacy, and data protection legislation. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission to publish or use reproductions for commercial purposes from all relevant copyright holders.

Switch any sounds off on your camera or device, and do not use the flash. Materials should remain in their folder, Mylar sleeve, or book cradle. If you need a high-resolution scan of an item, please place an order for a PDF or high-resolution scan. Mattatuck staff reserve the right to deny self-service photography requests.

Copyright: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Allowed Equipment:

  • Camera phone
  • Tablet
  • Basic digital cameras

We do not allow:

  • Handheld scanners (including scanning apps on smartphones)
  • Bridge or super-zoom compact cameras
  • Professional photography equipment
  • Tripods

Max R. Traurig Library and Archive, Mattatuck Museum Citation Format:

Max R. Traurig Library and Archive, Mattatuck Museum. Collection: Series. Folder title, Date.

Or when citing an item

Item Name, Folder title, Date. Collection: Series. Max R. Traurig Library and Archive. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT.

Citation format for unprocessed material:

Max R. Traurig Library and Archive, Mattatuck Museum, Sub-Record Group. Folder title (folder date/s). Accessioned date. Box location, container number.

Contact Information:
Frances Martin, Archivist