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Reproduction & Publication

Requests for photocopies, digital scans, microfilm, photographs, transparencies, and slides are considered on a case-by-case basis. Permission depends upon the physical condition of the material in question, and ability to reproduce should not be assumed in advance.  All reproduction orders must be paid in full by cash, check, or international money order (no credit cards) before requests will be processed.  Receipt of reproductions does not include permission to publish the reproduction.

Reproduction Policies
Reproduction Costs
Ordering Instructions
Permission to Publish

Reproduction Policies

Photocopies

In all cases where a microfilm, facsimile, or digital edition of the material requested already exists, researchers must use these to make photocopies. This is true even if neither the Law Library nor any other Harvard University library owns a copy of the facsimile or microfilm. Historical & Special Collections staff will assist researchers in locating microfilm or facsimiles not owned by the University. Permission to photocopy or digitize material is given only after it has been ascertained that a microfilm, facsimile, or digital copy of the original does not exist.

Photocopy policies vary by collection and material type. Please consult the policies below for format-specific considerations.

Bound Volumes
  • Books and early manuscripts in early, fine, or fragile bindings will not be photocopied.
  • Pre-1701 manuscripts, pre-1601 printed books, and any works on or bound in vellum, regardless of date, will not be photocopied.
  • For books, a maximum of twenty pages per volume will be photocopied; copyright may require a lower number.
  • Researchers who would like more than twenty pages photocopied from a single volume must order a digital copy of the entire volume, not just the selected passages, when copyright permits.
  Modern Manuscripts
  • Researchers may request up to 200 photocopies per calendar year.
  • Due to preservation concerns, material from the Class Notes Collection will not be photocopied.
Red Set
  • Red Set items currently available in print will not be photocopied.
Visual Materials
  • Due to preservation concerns, early photographic materials and drawings will not be photocopied. 

Digital Imaging Services

Please see our Digital Camera Policies for information regarding personal use of digital cameras for research purposes.

Scans are available in TIFF and JPG format. Black and white and color prints of scans are also available upon request.

Digital imaging policies vary by collection and material type. Please consult the policies below for format-specific considerations and cost information.

Bound Volumes
  • Digital Images for Publication: Requests for high resolution images in TIFF format can be delivered electronically or on compact disc. Prices vary based on the size, format, and condition of the original and the desired digital file or print.  Please see the Imaging Services Digital Imaging and Photography Services Price List for detailed information.
  • Digital Images for Reference/Personal Use: Researchers may take their own digital photos of up to 20% of a work. Historical & Special Collections reserves the right to deny requests or revoke permission for any reason, including the condition of the material, copyright restrictions, privacy restrictions, or disruption to other researchers.
Modern Manuscripts
  • Reproduction requests for items from a Modern Manuscript collection are considered on a case-by-case basis. Historical & Special Collections reserves the right to deny requests or revoke permission for any reason, including the condition of the material, copyright restrictions, privacy restrictions, or disruption to other researchers. Reproductions are limited to 500 digital images (taken by the researcher) per calendar year.
Red Set
  • Digital Images for Reference/Personal Use: Researchers may take their own digital photos of up to 20% of a work. Historical & Special Collections reserves the right to deny requests or revoke permission for any reason, including the condition of the material, copyright restrictions, privacy restrictions, or disruption to other researchers.
Visual Materials
  • Digital Images for Publication: Requests for high resolution images in TIFF format can be delivered electronically or on compact disc. Prices vary based on the size, format, and condition of the original and the desired digital file or print.  Please see the Imaging Services Digital Imaging and Photography Services Price List for detailed information.
  • Digital Images for Reference/Personal Use
    • Researchers may take their own digital photos; all requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Historical & Special Collections reserves the right to deny requests or revoke permission for any reason, including the condition of the material, copyright restrictions, privacy restrictions, or disruption to other researchers.
    • Researchers may request up to 5 reference quality digital images for a dollar per image. Requests larger than five images will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may incur an additional processing fee. Most requests will be processed within 5-7 business days after receipt of payment.

Reproduction Costs

Photocopies

  • On-site requests: $ .50 per copy; off-site requests: $ .60 per copy plus shipping.
  • Upon receipt of payment, turnaround time for photocopy orders: 12-15 business days
  • Large or complex orders will be subject to a $25.00 processing fee.
  • All large domestic orders are sent FedEx 2nd day delivery for a minimum fee of $13.00. All large foreign orders are sent FedEx International Delivery for a minimum fee of $25.00.
  • Customers may supply their own FedEx number for direct billing.

Microfilm

If no master copy or use copy exists, the price for microfilming will include the cost of making one. Only entire volumes or titles will be filmed. The negative becomes the property of the library. Microforms orders are sent to Harvard College Library Imaging Services for processing. For more information on prices, processing, and turnaround time, please see the Imaging Services Microfilm Price List.

Digital Photography and Scanning

Digital photography requests are processed by Harvard College Library Imaging Services.

  • Turnaround time for digital orders: 15-18 business days for production
  • Prices vary based on the size, format, and condition of the original and the desired digital file or print.  Please see the Imaging Services Digital Imaging and Photography Services Price List for detailed information.

Ordering Instructions

For additional information or to place a reproduction request, contact:

Lesley Schoenfeld, Public Services & Visual Collections Coordinator
lschoenf@law.harvard.edu , (617) 495-4689

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