FAQ                                                                                               

Do I need an appointment to visit the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

No. Materials in the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room are available to the public during open hours. If you are unable to visit the reading room during those hours, please contact us to make an appointment. If you are considering a visit, or have a specific question, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

How can I contact the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

You can contact the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room by email: research@elkhartcountyhistory.org, by phone, 574-848-4322, or via the following address:

Elkhart County Historical Museum

P.O. Box 434

304 W. Vistula

Bristol, IN 46507

What are the rules and regulations for using the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

Because our holdings contain rare and valuable materials, the following guidelines must be followed to access the collections:

  • Please register at the desk upon arrival.
  • Please do not bring food or drink into the library.
  • Please use pencils only, as pens, markers, and highlighters might damage materials.
  • Lockers and compartment nooks will be available in the future for your personal belongings. Purses, briefcases, backpacks, laptop cases, and other large materials are not permitted at the tables while conducting research.
  • Please see our Rules for Use of Materials.

Can I check out material from the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

We encourage researchers to use our materials, but we also must preserve them for future patrons as well. Therefore, materials in reading room are not available for check-out. Materials in the collections may be used in the reading room during our open hours.

What material from Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room is available online?

Currently we are updating our holdings, but visitors can find a brief listing of our collections by viewing the Source List and Collection Guides available.

What is the Locker/Compartment Nook policy?

After you sign in at the reading room, in the future you will need to check all of your belongings into a locker or compartment nook. You may keep loose paper, pencils, laptop computers, and research notes with you.

How can I get a copy of a photograph from the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

You can get a photographic copy or digital media file made from photographs in our holdings. Please be aware of use and copyright restrictions that may apply. For further information about reproduction options, fees, and ordering, please see our Research pages.

Can I use my digital camera or scanner in the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

At the present time, depending on the condition of the materials researchers may or may not be permitted to use scanners in the reading room for protection of the materials. However, digital cameras are allowed for reference purposes only.

Can I use my laptop computer in the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

Yes, the use of laptop computers is allowed in the reading room, and electrical power outlets are available. However, laptop cases, backpacks, and briefcases must be placed under the table, as they are not permitted at any of the tables.

Can I make photocopies of materials from the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

Most materials in the collections may be photocopied, subject to size, condition, and copyright restrictions. There is a copy machine available and it is $.10 cents per copy. Please check with the reading room desk staff if you have any questions concerning making photocopies of materials.

Can I use my cell phone in the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room?

To help maintain a quiet atmosphere for research and study, we ask that cell phones be put on vibrate or turned off completely. If cell phones must be used, please step outside of the reading room.

Will the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room do research for me?

The Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room provides basic reference service via email, telephone, and mail, in addition to assistance to patrons in the reading room. We encourage researchers to use our Source List to help focus the research request. Please refer to our research guidelines and fees by visiting the Research pages. If you are in need of extensive research assistance, The Local History Services department at the Indiana Historical Society maintains a list of county researchers available.

What exhibits do you have on display?

Rotating exhibits utilizing materials from the Corson Local History Library & Special Collections Reading Room are offered in the two rotating exhibit spaces on the main floor and second floor. Exhibitions are open to the public during the museums’ regular hours and are listed on our blog.

How do you decide what collections you take?

The Elkhart County Historical Museum has a Collection Policy which defines what subjects we are documenting. If a collection falls outside of our Collection Policy, we make every effort to suggest appropriate institutions who may accept the donation.