Reproduction and Copyright
Reproduction of Materials
- Photocopies, scans, or digital images of collection materials can usually be made for personal research purposes, unless duplication would injure the original item, infringe donor agreements, or violate copyright law.
- Reproductions of materials must be used for personal research purposes only and must not be copied or distributed. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
- Permission for reproduction of collection materials does not constitute permission to publish.
- The use of personal digital devices is allowed for making reproductions of collection materials. Visitors can create high-quality scans of documents up to 8.8"x12" by using their smartphones with our Scandock. Please restrict the use of flash photography.
- Small numbers of scans or digital images made by staff are free of charge. Please consult staff for large numbers of reproductions or reproductions of oversized materials, which may require additional time, conditions, or charges to complete.
- The charge for photocopying is 10¢ per page, payable in cash or check at the Circulation Desk. Staff will photocopy collection materials for you.
- The university frequently does not own the copyright to materials in archives and special collections. Copyright remains with the original creator, author, producer, or designated heirs and assignees.
- Reproduction of collection materials is for personal reference purposes only and does not constitute permission to publish. It is the researcher’s responsibility to secure permission to publish from the copyright holder for material not clearly in the public domain. Whenever possible, staff will provide information about copyright holders.
- Researchers assume full responsibility for any legal questions that may arise as the result of their use of materials in the collections. The university assumes no responsibility for a researcher’s use or misuse of the contents of materials made available or reproduced.
- Researchers are encouraged to provide a copy of any finished work in which Archives & Special Collections material has been used as a source.