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General Rules Governing Use of Materials in Special Collections
The books and manuscripts in Special Collections are available for research use and are subject to the following rules:
The manuscript collections of Murray State University are available for research use by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. All manuscript users must complete a registration application form, provide valid photo-identification (institutional ID, driver's license), and sign the register daily. Special permission may be required for access to restricted collections. All material must be used in the Special Collections reading room, in accordance with the general Special Collections Regulations. Murray State University reserves the right to limit the amount of material issued to a researcher at any one time.
Researchers can locate manuscripts through a variety of finding aids including manuscript accession sheets, separate indexes, calendars, and inventories to individual collections. Selected collections have also been cataloged into RACERTrac, the Murray State University online catalog. Researchers should consult a Special Collections librarian for assistance in locating manuscripts.
Murray State University will permit a reasonable amount of photocopying from its manuscript holdings, but reserves the right to restrict copying from any of its collections and to deny requests for copies. Photocopies are for reference use only and may not be transferred to any other person or institution without specific permission of the Murray State University Special Collections and Archives. A librarian must approve all photocopy requests, which may be submitted on an application to reproduce Special Collections materials.
Permission to consult or reproduce manuscripts does not constitute authorization to publish them. Permission to publish manuscript materials in the Murray State University Special Collections and Archives must be obtained in writing from a Special Collections librarian. The letter of application should specify the materials to be reproduced and the publication in which they will be used. Permission is granted insofar as the University is the owner of property rights and does not include literary rights, which must be obtained by the researcher or publisher from the author, or the author's heirs, estate, or literary executor.
Other Rules May Apply