About the Library
Departments and Services
Electronic Resources
Government Documents
Library Hours
Library Instruction
Online Catalog
Online Reference
Other Libraries
PASCAL Delivers
Search Assistance
SC State Homepage
University 101


South Carolina State University, Miller F. Whittaker Library




As a repository of original research materials, the SCSU Historical Collection is committed to preserving these materials and making them available for research.  In order to facilitate research, the SCSU Historical Collection staff and researchers will abide by the following guidelines.


bullet SCSU Historical Collection staff will provide reproductions of a reasonable amount of material from its collections, provided that such copying is consistent with donor instruction and copyright law.
bullet The SCSU Historical Collection staff will perform all photocopying.  Photocopying of materials is generally permitted for specific educational research or reference.
bullet SCSU Historical Collection staff reserve the right to limit or prohibit reproduction due to the condition of the materials, security reasons, or possible violation of copyright laws.
bullet It is the researcher's obligation to satisfy copyright regulations when copying or using materials found in the collection.
bullet The person requesting the reproduction assumes all responsibility for infraction of copyright and of any use exceeding fair use.
bullet Any commercial application of copyrighted materials is not fair use and always requires the consent of the copyright holder.
bullet Permission to reproduce is separate from and does not constitute permission to publish.  A separate Publication Agreement must be signed, and a publication fee of $25.00 paid.  If the SCSU Historical Collection is not the copyright owner, permission to publish is required from both the owner of the copyright and the SCSU Historical Collection as owner of the physical property.  The SCSU Historical Collection Publication Agreement Form states that permission is granted for "one time only use of the requested materials for publication."  Photographs may not be reused without the written permission of the SCSU Historical Collection.  (See our Publication Policy)
bullet As set forth in Section 202 of U.S. Code Title 17, ownership of copyright does not automatically accompany ownership of the physical property.  The SCSU Historical Collection Donor Agreement Form specifies that "The Donor hereby gives and assigns to South Carolina State University all property and copyrights therein, unless otherwise specified in an amendment to this document."  Many of the materials held by the SCSU Historical Collection have no corresponding Donor Agreement Forms, which means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  In such cases, it is solely the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright and other use restrictions. 
bullet Reproductions of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.
bullet Books, manuscripts, and plays as literary works are protected by copyright; reproduction is governed by standards of fair use.  Non-book materials, including audio and video recordings, architectural drawings, artwork, maps, and photographs, are also covered by fair use provisions set forth in Section 107 of U.S. Code Title 17.
bullet Complete copyrighted works or substantial portions thereof will not be duplicated unless they are out of print or are no longer available at a fair price.
bullet Portions of commercially acquired copyrighted works may be copies for instructional purposes, but the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole must be considered in determining whether the use of the excerpt constitutes fair use.
bullet As provided in Section 108 of U.S. Code Title 17, the SCSU Historical Collection reserves the right to reproduce materials within its holdings for preservation purposes.  This includes digital reproduction.

Revised July 2002

Back to SCSU Historical Collection home

Back to Miller F. Whittaker Library home