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General Information about Reproductions

The Divinity Library will allow reproduction of collection materials, in compliance with donor stipulations and with the fair use clause of the United States copyright law, when such reproduction can be done without injury to individual items. Please note that the Library's provision of a reproduction does not imply an authorization to publish it. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish texts and facsimiles from the owners of the copyright. Our policy prohibits reproduction of an entire collection. Copies made for or by researchers are for their own personal use and are not to be sold or to be deposited in another repository without the consent of the Yale Divinity Library.

Self-service Reproductions

Researchers are welcome to bring their own cameras (including smartphones) into the reading room in order to make their own photographic reproductions. Flash and tripods are not permitted.

Researchers may make scans from microform using the microform reader available in the reading room. Scans can be emailed or put on a flash drive directly from the reader.

Self-service reproductions are free. If desired, printouts can be made at the following rates:

Black and white: $0.10 first side / $0.02 second side
Color: $0.25 per image

Ordering Reproductions

To initiate a photoduplication request, you must be registered to use Special Collections at Yale.  If you have not yet registered in the system, you’ll need to create a new account. More information is available in the Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale: Register If you have any difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact us divinity.specialcoll@yale.edu.

How to request an image:

  1. Find the item you want in one of the Yale Library catalogs (Orbis, Quicksearch, or Archives at Yale). For further details about finding special collections materials see Find and Request. The steps for requesting images varies slightly between systems.
  2. Requesting from Orbis or Quicksearch

In the item record, click on the link that says “Request for use at Divinity Library Special Collections”

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the radio button that says "Keep for My Review" then click "Submit Request".
  3. In the "Current Requests" grid, find the item and click on the TN (transaction number).
  4. Select the red "Request Digitization" link at the top of the page.
  5. Scroll through the New Photoduplication Request form, fill in "Format" (PDF, TIFF, JP2, etc.) from the drop down, add any important information about your order in the "Notes" field, and click "Submit."
  1. Requesting from Archives at Yale
  2. Find and select the box or folder you are interested in and click "Request"
  3. Log into your account.
  4. In the grid, click on the transaction number for your selected item.
  5. Click "Request Digitization" located at the top right in red text.
  6. Scroll through the New Photoduplication Request form, fill in "Format" (PDF, TIFF, JP2, etc.) from the drop down, add any important information about your order in the "Notes" field, and click "Submit."

Turnaround times

Please note that turnaround times are approximations. The digitization and reformatting of special collections material is undertaken first to preserve it, and then to provide broad research access to it. As such, each item undergoes assessment and is triaged for reproduction via whichever technology suits it best. At times, conservation remediation is necessary before reproduction can take place, leading to increased turnaround times that are difficult to estimate.

Receiving files

Please be aware that you may not receive your copies all at once. For example, if you order four folders this month, you may receive two of them on Monday, the third on Tuesday, and the fourth on Friday.

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Monday, November 15, 2021 - 12:52pm