Rules for Using Special Collections

Archives, manuscripts, and rare books are available for research use from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with the exception of Emory University holidays. While the Library encourages the broadest possible use of its collections, the nature of these materials requires that we consider applicants on an individual basis.

Procedures for Requesting Materials

Handling and Care of Materials

Reproduction for Research Use

The Pitts Theology Library will consider requests for reproduction of material when such duplication can be done without injury to the material and when duplication does not violate donor agreements or copyright law. Requests for reproduction will be considered on an individual basis. Requests for duplicating certain materials may require the approval of the Curator of Archives and Manuscripts. All duplication requests must be made before 3:45 p.m. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. For more information, see the Reproduction Policy.

Permission to Publish

Researchers should be aware that the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, USC) provides protection for unpublished materials as well as for published works. Permission to publish from or to quote from previously unpublished manuscripts or from published items under copyright must first be obtained from the copyright holder. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure that permission. For original manuscript materials, the permission of the Pitts Theology Library, as owner of the originals, is also required. In most instances, the Library does not hold the copyright to materials in its holdings.  For more information, see the Copyright Policy.


When citing material from manuscript collections in this library, please use the following form: [Identification of the item and the title of the collection], [Identification of the record group or manuscript collection number], Archives and Manuscripts Department, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.