Rights and Reproductions

Policies and Ordering Instructions

To assist scholars in their research, the library offers limited photoduplication services: digital images, microfilm, and copyflow. Readers must identify and select all material for duplication. Please be aware that the Library can fill orders only as the demands of serving our patrons permit, and that some materials may be too fragile to be subjected to any duplication process.

Typically, an order will take about four weeks to process from the time the order is confirmed via email. Orders requiring original photography for publication may take several weeks to process. 

The library provides images in digital format. The library no longer charges for images for which publication-quality images exist. All reproductions (of whatever nature) are provided for readers’ individual scholarly use. Images will be sent electronically unless a disk is specifically requested, in which case shipping and handling charges will apply.

Microfilm and copyflow orders take one to two months to fill and incur additional shipping and handling charges.

Permission to Publish.

Provision of a photoduplicate is not an authorization to publish. The library cannot grant or deny permission to publish texts or images unless Yale University is identified as the copyright holder. If the text or image in question is under copyright, permission to publish should be sought from the owners of the rights, typically the creator or the heirs to his or her estate. The Lewis Walpole library should, however, be cited as the source with the following credit line: “Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.”

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.”

The library reserves the right to refuse to accept an order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Contact Information

To place an order, or for further information, please contact:

Kristen McDonald, Library Service Assistant for Public Services, at kristen.mcdonald@yale.edu
or 860-677-2140