The UHEC welcomes all researchers, including K-12 students (children under the age of 5 are not permitted in research areas). Use of the archives does not involve a fee.

Visitors to the library or archives will need to fill out a registration form and check belongings with a staff member. We request that you check:

  • Large bags, large purses, backpacks, and briefcases
  • Hats, coats, and jackets
  • Large cameras, scanners, and laptop cases

Books, notebooks, binders, and pens are not permitted while using archival materials. Archive staff will provide loose paper and pencils for note-taking. Photography or scanning of archival materials may be permitted at the discretion of the archivist, and will depend on their nature and physical condition. Scanning or photography of still images contained in archival collections or the reproduction of audio or motion pictures is not permitted unless arranged in advance in accordance with the Center's use policy.

Food and drink, including chewing gum, are not allowed in any UHEC research areas or galleries.


The museum collection is currently in storage. If you are researcher interested in a limited number of specific objects or object types, it may be possible to arrange to view them. Please contact for more information.


All processed archives collections are available for on-site, in-person research use free of charge by appointment.  Anybody interested in conducting research using the Center's processed archival collections must contact the archives staff to discuss their research topic and to arrange visit date(s). All archive access is by appointment only, and arrangements must be made directly with the archives staff (

All researchers are required to complete, sign, and return a registration form prior to their arrival at the Center. Researchers must present a photo ID and agree to abide by the Center's rules and regulations.

The Center is easy to get to by car or public transit, and there are are numerous hotels and restaurants within easy driving or walking distance. If you are unable to come in person, the archive staff may be able to provide limited research services (depending on their schedule and availability) for a fee.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the UHEC's holdings are not digitized or accessible online. Here's why.


The UHEC has a library collection, which is currently maintained as part of the St. Sophia Seminary Library. Access to the library is free, and no appointment is necessary to use the collections. The library catalog is available online. For more information, please contact the library at 732-356-0090 or at UHEC members have borrowing privileges of 4 weeks for most library materials. Non-circulating material (reference books, periodicals, rare books, and sheet music) must be used on-site.