RULES FOR USE OF SCSU HISTORICAL COLLECTION MATERIALS

 

 

To safeguard the valuable and unique materials housed within the SCSU Historical Collection, researchers are requested to abide by the following rules:

 

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Because the materials housed within the SCSU Historical Collection include rare and unique items, all materials must be used in the SCSU Historical Collection reading room.  Materials are non-circulating, except under certain conditions.  University faculty, staff, or students requesting materials for official university business (for example, to be used in a university publication) may be allowed to borrow materials for up to thirty days.  The borrower must provide for the security of the materials against loss or damage while they are out of the SCSU Historical Collection and is required to use the materials with the same care and consideration that is practiced in the SCSU Historical Collection.  A “Charged Out Collections” form will be completed by SCSU Historical Collection staff and signed by the borrower.  All materials are maintained in closed stacks that are not open to patron access.
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Patrons may not eat, drink, or smoke in the SCSU Historical Collection.
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All patrons must register to use materials.
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All briefcases, purses, coats, and other personal articles are to placed under the tables.
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Only notebooks and/or laptops and pencils may be used in the research area.  THE USE OF INK IS PROHIBITED!
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All papers and materials should be handled carefully, maintaining the established order in individual folders.  In the case of unprocessed collections, materials are still to be returned in the order presented to the researcher(s).
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Manuscripts and other materials may not be leaned on, written on, folded, traced, fastened with rubber bands, staples, or metal clips, or handled in any way likely to damage them.
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Requests for a reasonable amount of photocopying may be made.  Title 17, United States Code (Copyright Law) states that photocopies are not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.”  Photographic reproductions can be arranged through outside commercial photographers.  All reproductions will be made at the discretion of the archivist.  (See our Reproduction Policies and Fees)
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Citations of manuscripts and other materials should include:  the name or type of item and “SCSU Historical Collection, Miller F. Whittaker Library, South  Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C.”
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Copyright:  Provisions of the Copyright Act (PL94-553), effective 1 January 1978, provide statutory protection for all writings from the dates of their creation whether or not they are formally copyrighted.  Anyone contemplating publication of unpublished materials must obtain permission from the author or owner of copyright.  The researcher is advised that the SCSU Historical Collection does not necessarily hold the copyright to the materials in its collections and that it is the researcher’s responsibility to secure those rights when needed.  If permission is granted, the researcher must also give appropriate credit to the SCSU Historical Collection.  For published materials, see copyright laws.  The SCSU Historical Collection assumes no responsibility in cases of infringement.  (See our  Publication Policy and Copyright Policy)

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According to the South Carolina Public Records Act (Section 30-I-30), “unlawful removing, defacing, or destroying a public record constitutes a misdemeanor offense with a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than thirty days.  Magistrates and municipal courts have jurisdiction to try violations.”

  

 

  

 

 

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