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How to conduct research at the Oblate Sisters of Providence Archives

Each researcher must fill out a research application and submit the form for approval prior to obtaining a research appointment. The form asks for identity and contact information on the researcher, and subject and purpose of the research.  Please read and sign the use policy on the application form before submission.  In order to obtain a research application form please call the archives at 410-242-1603 or email at 

The use of certain documents may be restricted by statute, office, origin or by request of the donor. The researcher may quote from these documents only with the permission of the archivist or archives director and with due reference to the source.  For example, Oblate Sisters of Providence Archives, Baltimore, Maryland

As a general rule, no letter, document or memorandum written by a person still living may be quoted, paraphased or used in any way without the consent of the author.

The researcher must assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel and literary property rights, which may be involved in the use of manuscripts and other archival materials.

Researchers must obtain permission from the archivist before publishing an article or book based on and using materials from the Oblate Sisters of Providence Archives.

Once the form has been submitted, each researcher must obtain permission to use the archives from the OSP Archivist or the OSP Archives Director. Appointments are available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.