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For questions about copyright, citation, and use of materials in Special Collections, contact us at 336-758-6175.

Prior Permission

Reproduction of material on our website for print publication, broadcast, reuse on a website, or any commercial use, requires the prior permission of the department head.

Legal Responsibility

Wake Forest University assumes no responsibility for infringement of literary property rights and copyrights, or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy. Full responsibility for legal questions relating to the use and publication of manuscripts rests with the researcher.

Photocopies and Other Reproductions

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Libraries and archives are authorized to provide photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material only under certain conditions, one of which is that the reproduction is to be used for private study, scholarship, or research only. The Special Collections Department reserves the right to refuse any duplication request that would involve a possible copyright infringement.

All photocopying, scanning, or other reproduction is done by Special Collections staff. Prepayment in full is required for all photocopying and scanning.

Digital Archives

The material on our website may be reproduced without prior permission for private use in research, teaching, or study. We ask that you provide proper citation information, indicated above, in all copies. And we appreciate hearing from anyone who makes use of our digital archives, so that we can better set priorities for future digital projects.


Use of unpublished manuscripts is protected by provisions of copyright law and by laws against libel and invasion of privacy. No material from a manuscript collection may be published without prior written permission from the holder of the copyright.

The user agrees to give proper acknowledgment to the Special Collections Department of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and further agrees to secure permission in advance from the Department to publish or broadcast any item, in whole or in part, from its collections. This permission may be granted insofar and only insofar as the rights of Special Collections are concerned. The Library claims only physical ownership of most manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights.

Use Policies

All divisions of Special Collections and Archives are open to the general public. Our registration process requires that researchers show a photo ID and provide a current address, phone number, and/or email.

Visiting researchers who wish to use archival or manuscript collections, including the NC Baptist Historical Collection, are required to make an appointment at least three business days in advance of a proposed visit. This allows the staff to confirm that requested materials are available and to inform visitors of any special events or schedule changes in Special Collections. Special Collections and Archives are non-circulating collections. Researchers have access to the historic Special Collections reading room, located on the 6th floor of the Reynolds Wing, for perusal and study of materials. Citation of materials from Special Collections and Archives should include the following:

Name of collection, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.

If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.