Loans of Collection Material

There are very limited circumstances under which Manuscripts and Archives will lend collection material to researchers or staff from other institutions. The following outlines those circumstances.

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL). When collections in Manuscripts and Archives have been microfilmed, we will lend the microfilm through ILL. In addition, we will lend second copies of Yale dissertations if we have them. ILL requests for Manuscripts and Archives microfilm or dissertation second copies must be initiated from an institution with which the researcher making the request is affiliated. For additional information on Interlibrary Loan at Yale see GetIt@Yale.
  •  Exhibition loans on the Yale University campus. We will consider lending Manuscripts and Archives collection items for exhibitions at other cultural heritage institutions on the Yale University campus. Loan requests must be initiated at least six months in advance of the planned exhibition, preferably a year depending on the amount of material to be lent. Physical space and environmental conditions of the exhibition area, as well as the condition of the material to be lent must be assessed and approved by the Yale University Library's Chief Conservator or her designee. Please contact the Head of Public Services in Manuscripts and Archives to discuss potential exhibition loans.

Unfortunately, our staffing levels do not permit us to lend Manuscripts and Archives collection material for any purpose to institutions outside of the Yale University campus. We are happy, however, to provide digital facsimiles for a fee for use in exhibitions. Please consult additional information on reprographics policies, procedures, and fees. Yale University holds copyright in a very small portion of the material in the Manuscripts and Archives collections. Determining and resolving any rights-related issues remains the responsibility of the user whose use requires it.