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Special Collections Donations: Access and Copyright

Page Overview

This page focuses on access and copyright.

Contact us with any additional questions or to plan your visit to our reading room, located on the 1st floor of the library.

Restrictions on Access

Our goal is to make our collections open and available for research use. However, sometimes is is necessary for a donor or Special Collections and Archives to restrict access to all or a portion of the materials for a limited and clearly stated period of time.


  • Generally copyright belongs to the creator of the writings and other original materials (i.e. photos) but can be legally transferred to others.
  • Ownership of copyright is separate from ownership of the physical item (the letter or photo).
  • We ask you to not only donate the physical items but any copyright that the donor might own.
  • This enables researchers to use the donated materials in their work.


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Many materials may be copyrighted.