COVID-19 Policy

Rivers of Steel’s Museum and Archives collection is both a resource and a repository. In the era of COVID-19, precautions are being taken to safety assist researchers and accept acquisitions from donors. Below are Rivers of Steel’s policies.

Current Actions

In accordance with the Green Phase guidelines, the archives will be open for public use with restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff.

Online research requests and virtual research will still be encouraged and maintained by archival staff.

All individuals entering the Bost Building will be required to:

  • Wear a mask covering their nose and mouth
  • Sanitize hands when entering and exiting the building at provided hand sanitizing stations
  • Comply with marked social distancing spacing

When possible, donors to the archives are encouraged to mail their donation materials to the archives. This cuts down on in-person access to the building and to one another.  If donations must be made in person, the donor is asked to comply with mask, hand sanitization, and social distancing policies.

Material donations received will be placed in a designated quarantine cabinet (size depending) for 1½ – 2 weeks before processing.

In-person research:

  • Must be appointment only, walk-in researchers will not be granted access to the archives
  • Will be limited to one researcher at a time in the archives / building
  • Must comply with mask, hand sanitization, and social distancing policies
  • Will be provided gloves for the duration of stay within the archives
  • Bags of any kind will not be allowed within the archives and should be left outside of the building
  • Paper and pencils will be supplied upon request
  • Archival materials will be presented in small batches
  • As little physical contact with materials as possible is encouraged
  • Researchers will be escorted into and out of the archives by a staff member

Staff will sanitize tables, chairs, door knobs, elevator buttons, and any other high traffic areas within the archives and building before and after any visitors and researchers.

Learn more about the events

such as tours, workshops, and festivals happening at each unique attraction.