Special Collections Research Center

Reproducing or Publishing Material from the
Special Collections Research Center

The University of Chicago Library does not require researchers to request permission to use or publish copies of material from its collections that are in the public domain (i.e., material with expired copyrights or otherwise ineligible for copyright protection). However, as a matter of good scholarly practice, we request that researchers still acknowledge the Library’s Special Collections Research Center as the owner and source of such materials. Quotations from text that fall within the fair use guidelines of the United States Copyright law do not require written permission from the Library.

Permission for reproduction of archives, manuscripts, and special collections material is provided in accordance with the Polices Governing the Use of Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections.The Library grants permission in its capacity as owner of the physical property. In all instances, it is the researcher's responsibility to obtain permission from the holders of any rights in material being quoted, reproduced or published. Commercial publication projects may be subject to a use or special handling fee.

Printed Material Permission Request Form

Archives and Manuscripts Permission Request Form

Please allow 6 weeks for requests to be processed. Permission letters will include the form of citation to be used and information about any use or special handling fees.