Issues Facing Archives

Like every highly-rated soap opera, the archives occasionally clashes with villains. Publishers, authors, researchers, or the average citizens sometimes reproduce and use photographs, documents, and other materials from Special Collections without proper permission. Violations range from intentional, commercial use of archival records for profit to unintentional misunderstandings.

Contractual considerations afforded to donors and particular records further complicates how Special Collections maintains archival materials. Archivists and staff recognize cultural sensitivity and privacy obligations, as well as recent copyright laws. The library also safeguards some collections in duplicate, as reference sources for original material stored at other records repositories. Stay tuned to learn more about some of the stories that tend to transform the archives into a legal drama.

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