Due to the current public health crisis the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is closed. Staff are working remotely without access to the physical collections. We are not able to provide new reproductions but we may be able to deliver previously digitized materials. Contact us with your questions. Please see the Library's COVID-19 Service Updates for complete information.
The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) provides digital photoduplication services of most materials in our collections. All duplication orders are subject to the following conditions:
Users of the collections are also expected to abide by all copyright laws. Reproductions are provided for research use only and may not be transferred, published, or exhibited without obtaining the legally required permission from the copyright owner. In many instances, RMC is owner of the physical object only. For additional information, please refer to the Guidelines for Using Text, Images, Audio, and Video from Cornell University Library Collections.
All high-resolution digital reproduction work is completed by the Cornell University Library's Digital Consulting and Production Services. For information about equipment used, please refer to the website of the DCAPS digital imaging studio.
Items in our collections are often rare, fragile and/or irreplaceable. Photoduplication of these items requires careful handling to prevent damage from physical misuse, exposure to light, etc. Reproductions are performed by professional photographers and library staff, trained in the use of scanners and cameras that are designed to minimize potential damage. Reproduction requests are priced accordingly.
Orders that are large, complex, or have vague location information require time-intensive research and data collection by library staff. Specialized services such as image research are priced at $65 per hour.
Patrons who visit our reading room to view materials are welcome to bring cameras to photograph items themselves, provided the flash is disabled.
We do not provide paper photocopies. All scans are delivered as digital files as outlined below.
Below are instructions for how to request reproductions of RMC collection material:
For what to expect after you've submitted your reproduction request, see "Reproduction Order Instructions" on the "Reproductions & Permissions" page of our website.
Patrons seeking permission to publish materials held by RMC should email their requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission will be considered where Cornell University is the materials' copyright owner. Permission requests must include:
Published images of materials in our collections should be cited as follows:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.