Thanks for coming back to the blog! This is the 4th post in a series about using the Special Collections and University Archives at ISU.
Today I’m going to talk about your options if you need reproductions of our materials. While we highly encourage researchers to visit us to see our collection, we understand that sometimes that is just not possible due to distance or other factors. Don’t fear—there are still some options for those who can’t come to the archives in person.
We can make photocopies through our document delivery program. These are low-resolution photocopies we make on our overhead scanner. Depending on the size of the order, we can have these copies sent to you via email or through the “snail” mail in about 2-4 weeks, though it can take longer for large or complicated orders.
We are also able to make publication quality high-resolution scans of our images. Depending on your use, you may also need to fill out a request to publish form when you order your images. There are fees for both document delivery and image reproduction; please consult our website or send us an email to learn more!
Of course, we must comply with copyright law when making scans and reproductions. Unfortunately, this sometimes blocks us from being able to make reproductions of things that we do not have rights to, are not in the public domain, or whole volumes. While copyright law is extremely complicated, a good place to start learning about what is and is not allowed is the library’s page on copyright issues.
Have any questions about any of these services? Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to know more about SCUA? See our previous posts in this series about our reading room rules, what happens when you visit the reading room, or finding student records in the archives.