Reproduction and Use

Reproduction of Materials

Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives allows scanning and photography of our collection materials in the Reading Room, except in those cases in which our staff determines these activities may cause damage to the materials, misplace materials, disrupt the order of materials, or disrupt other researchers. Our scanning equipment is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Researchers may be asked to limit their scanning time if others are waiting.

We also provide fee-based reproduction services. Reproductions are provided to researchers for use in private study, scholarship, and research, as is allowed under U.S. copyright law. To request reproductions, please use the Digital Reproduction Order Form.

Use of Materials

For uses of reproductions beyond private study, scholarship, and research, requesters are responsible for understanding and complying with U.S. copyright law. The Society of American Archivists offers this online brochure about copyright law as it pertains to unpublished materials.

Materials in the public domain may be used freely. For materials under copyright, some uses may be consistent with fair use under U.S. copyright law. For those uses that exceed fair use, those users must obtain permission from the copyright holder. We are not able to handle requests to conduct research to determine copyright holders. The US Copyright Office offers this guide to investigating the copyright status of a work.

In some cases, UNC Charlotte may own the copyright to the materials we own, and in these cases we invite researchers to request permission using our Digital Reproduction Order Form.

 

Citing Materials

In the case of publication, exhibition, or commercial use, we ask that proper acknowledgement be made regarding ownership of the original by J. Murrey Atkins Library, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Citation style will vary depending upon the style guide being used, but the following can serve as a basic reference:

  • Archives and manuscripts: [Title of collection or record group], [number of collection or record group], [series and/or folder titles if appropriate], J. Murrey Atkins Library, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 
  • Oral history interviews: [Title of interview], [date of interview], J. Murrey Atkins Library, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

We invite you to send us a copy of any publication using our materials so we may add it to our collections.