FAQ's

Can I take a tour of the archives?

ONE staff offers group tours of the archives by appointment only. The tours are free of charge, but we encourage donations to the archives in support of our services. Please contact ONE at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu to schedule an appointment.

What is ONE’s relationship with USC?

The collections at ONE Archives became a part of the University of Southern California Libraries in 2010. Learn more about ONE’s history here.

How do I donate materials to ONE?

We preserve and provide access to a wide range of LGBTQ materials. Please contact the archives at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu and provide us with details about your collection, such as subject matter, type(s) of formats, and amount of material (e.g. number of items/boxes).

Can I hold an event at ONE?

ONE archives hosts events serving a variety of audiences. To discuss hosting your event, please contact ONE at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu.

Do I need an appointment to do research?

Yes.  Beginning May 1, 2019, researchers will be required to (1) schedule an appointment in our reservation system, and (2) register and submit requests for materials in our Specialized Research Collections Request System. For questions, please contact us at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu.

How do I view film and/or video from ONE’s collections?

Most of our audiovisual items are stored off-site or require special handling to view the materials. Advance notice of at least 2-4 weeks is required. Please contact the archives at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu to discuss availability.

Can I view unprocessed archival collections?

A partial list of unprocessed archival collections is available here. Access to unprocessed collections may require special handling or be subject to restrictions. Please contact the archives at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu to discuss researching unprocessed collections.

What happens when I arrive to do research?

Researchers must present a valid student ID, passport, or government-issued identification card to the desk attendant on duty. The attendant will have you create a research account in order to access materials or order reproductions from ONE Archives. To register and request items before your visit, please log on here. After registering as a researcher, the attendant will then retrieve the requested materials and bring them to your reference table, one box at a time. Please contact at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu to discuss options.

What are the guidelines for viewing ONE materials?

No food or drinks are allowed inside ONE Archives. No pens are allowed while handling archival materials, but pencils and paper can be provided upon request. Laptops, cell phones, and cameras are allowed, but personal scanners are prohibited. For more information regarding the terms and conditions for accessing ONE's collection, click here.

Does ONE loan materials for exhibitions?

ONE loans materials for exhibits on a limited case-by-case basis. Please contact us at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu to discuss options.

Can I check a book out from ONE’s library?

No, ONE Archives is a non-circulating library. All materials are viewable only in our reading room. Please refer to the Reproduction Guidelines for information regarding making copies of materials.

How do I publish images I find at ONE?

Find information regarding publication of materials from ONE’s collections here.

Does ONE take submissions for gallery exhibitions?

ONE Archives reviews artist and exhibition proposals on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at 213.821.2771 or askone@usc.edu to discuss options.