We welcome visitors to the Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room! Please note the following information regarding our space and collections:
To preserve and maintain our unique and historic resources, we request that all patrons follow the guidelines below when handling and using materials from Special Collections & University Archives.
Thank you for helping us keep our collections safe and in good condition for future users!
Materials in Simpson Library’s Special Collections & University Archives are made publicly available for research, teaching, and private study. Any other uses may require permission from the copyright holder.
The copyright law of the United States governs the creation of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions, libraries and archives may provide reproductions of copyrighted material. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction will not be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” It is the responsibility of each individual researcher to determine whether they need to obtain permission before using specific materials. The Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University’s online guide may provide additional information in this matter.
Acquiring copies of materials does not confer the right to recopy, reproduce, publish, or exhibit them without written consent from the Head of Special Collections & University Archives and/or the copyright holder. All reproductions of Special Collections materials must include the citation information provided below. Citation Information
All items from Special Collections & University Archives should be cited as follows:
University Archives currently seeks manuscripts, photographs, publications, audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, and memorabilia that document the University’s history, as well as unique materials for our rare books and journals collection. Books and other materials that are accepted into the department become the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gifts of money must be made through the University of Mary Washington Foundation. If you have any items you wish to donate, please contact Interim Head of Special Collections & University Archives, Angie Kemp. Staff will evaluate all items offered and respond accordingly.