Citation & Copyright Policy

The Copyright Law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Written permission from the copyright owner and any other rights holders must be obtained for any reuse of the materials that extends beyond fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for the determination of the copyright status and securing permission rests with those persons wishing to reuse the materials.

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

Citation of Special Collections & Archives collections should include the following information: Collection name (Collection number), Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., USA.

University Records

Copyright for official University records is held by Wake Forest University. Reproductions of University records are made available under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107) for noncommercial educational and research purposes only. The material on our website and from University materials may be reproduced without prior permission for personal, educational or research purposes. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond what is allowed by fair use will require the written permission of Special Collections and Archives. We ask that patrons provide proper citation information, indicated above, in all copies. And we appreciate hearing from anyone who makes use of our materials, so that we can better set priorities for future projects.

If using materials for purposes beyond those covered by fair use or other statutory exemptions, please contact Special Collections & Archives for permission.

Manuscript Collections

Use of unpublished manuscripts is protected by provisions of copyright law and by laws against libel and invasion of privacy.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 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. Please contact Special Collections & Archives with questions regarding specific manuscript collections.

Rare Books

Books and other published materials are subject to the copyright laws of their country of origin. Most items published before 1923 are now in the public domain; however, it is the responsibility of the user to determine current copyright status as necessary. The WATCH database at the Harry Ransom Center is a useful source of information about copyright holders for literary works.


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