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Manuscript Division:

- Conditions of Use
- Reading Room Rules and Regulations
- Copyright Information and Permission to Quote
- WARNING: Collections Stored Off-site
- Request for Access to a Restricted Collection

General Information and Policies:

- Research and Reference Services
- Building Access
- Conduct on the Premises
- Getting a Reader Identification Card
- Restrictions on Personal Belongings
- Using the Library's Collections
- Wireless Access at the Library


CONDITIONS OF USE

The national manuscript collection may be consulted by any adult engaged in serious research who presents a valid Library of Congress issued reader card, completes the Manuscript Division's registration process, and agrees to adhere to the division's rules for the use of rare materials. Student access to collections is limited to those engaged in graduate study. Undergraduates with previous experience in using manuscripts who are working on a senior thesis, advanced seminar paper, or similar research project under the direction of a faculty member will be admitted upon an introduction in person or in writing by their advisers. Minors and high school students are not admitted to the Manuscript Reading Room.

All researchers are advised to e-mail or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Restrictions on the use of certain materials have been imposed by donors or for reasons of national security. Information governing the use of any specific group of manuscripts will be supplied upon request.

Prospective readers should bear in mind the restrictions on photocopying and publication imposed by the Copyright Act of 1976. It is the responsibility of the prospective users or their publishers to determine the copyright status or obtain the required permissions before publication of manuscript material from the Library's collections.

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READING ROOM RULES AND REGULATIONS

Prior to entering the Manuscript Reading Room, readers will be asked to read and sign a statement similar to the following:

Researchers are required to observe the following rules:

1. ADMITTANCE. Use of the Manuscript Reading Room is limited to readers above high school age who have a specific need for access to the collections of the Manuscript Division and associated materials. Readers shall refrain from disruptive behavior; personal conduct is subject to Library of Congress regulations (LCR 1812 S 6). Readers should be aware that surveillance cameras are recording all activity in the Manuscript Reading Room.

2. REGISTRATION. Readers must present a verified Library of Congress Reader Identification Card. First-time users must complete a registration card at the reference desk.

3. PERSONAL PROPERTY. No personal belongings, including briefcases, notebooks, books, folders, envelopes, or purses are allowed in the reading room. Outer garments, including hats, vests, sweaters with pockets, coats, suit coats, and sports jackets, are subject to search. Free lockers are provided to secure personal property. Locker keys must be returned at the end of the day.

  • Exceptions may be requested for notes or other material essential to research. These items must be approved and stamped by reference staff before being brought into the reading room.
  • Paper, note cards, and pencils are provided for taking notes. Pens are prohibited.
  • Laptop computers, tablets, and cameras are allowed; tripods may be used subject to staff approval. Personal scanners and supplemental lighting are prohibited.
  • All electronic devices, such as phones and cameras, must be silenced. Phones can be used for silent communication only.
  • Photography is allowed only for reference reproductions of collection material. No photographs of individuals or of the Reading Room itself are permitted.

4. ALL CONTAINERS MUST STAY ON CARTS. Only one container at a time may be opened and only one folder at a time may be withdrawn from a box. Placeholders are provided to mark where folders should be re-filed. The existing arrangement of manuscripts within each folder must be preserved. Report any serious disarrangement to the reference staff.

5. REPRODUCTIONS.

  • Unless otherwise instructed, readers may photograph collection items at their tables, without flash.
  • Readers must bring all manuscripts to the desk for examination and approval by reference staff before scanning or photocopying.
  • Only one folder at a time may be withdrawn for reproduction.
  • Bound manuscript material may not be photocopied.
  • Reasons for not allowing copying include 1) donor or library-imposed restrictions, 2) fragile condition, 3) restrictions imposed by other repositories, 4) national security classifications.

6. SURROGATE EDITIONS. To promote preservation of original manuscripts, readers are required to consult surrogate editions as available.

7. HELP SAVE THE NATIONAL COLLECTIONS. Exercise the greatest possible care in handling manuscripts. Do not make marks on manuscripts, do not write notes on top of manuscripts, do not rest books or other objects on top of manuscripts. Handle loose sheets or bound pages by their edges; avoid touching the surface as much as possible; do not remove manuscripts from protective housing. Reference staff can furnish gloves for handling photographs and other vulnerable items.

8. COPYRIGHT. The status of copyright in the unpublished writings in the custody of the Manuscript Division is governed by the Copyright Act (Title 17, USC). It is the obligation of the reader to fulfill the requirements of the Copyright Act. Since the Library of Congress ordinarily does not own the copyright in either published or unpublished manuscripts in its custody, it can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or quote in published form from manuscripts in its collections.

9. INSPECTION. All material that a reader wishes to remove from the reading room must be examined by the security officer or reading room staff. It is a violation of federal law punishable by fine and/or imprisonment to steal or willfully damage or destroy manuscripts, books or other Library property. See 18 USC 641; 18 USC 1361; 18 USC 2071; 22 DC Code 3306; and LCR 610 S 5, LCR 1812.

10. Researchers must follow all directions of the reference staff regarding the handling of manuscript material.

I have read and agree to abide by the above rules and regulations of the Manuscript Division Reading Room. I understand that if I do not follow these rules, the Manuscript Division can deny me access to its facilities and collections.

Revised April 12, 2016

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COPYRIGHT INFORMATION AND PERMISSION TO QUOTE

It should be noted that the Library of Congress ordinarily does not own the copyright in either published or unpublished manuscripts in its custody. Therefore it can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or quote in published form from manuscripts in its collections. It should also be noted that neither titles nor facts can be copyrighted; therefore, permission is not required to cite a collection as a source or to use facts from it.

In general, when copyright interests do subsist in unpublished manuscripts, these interests are the property of the author or of the author's heirs or assigns. Copyright ownership does not accompany physical ownership of a manuscript, although the owner of copyright interests may assign or sell such interests to the owner of the physical property.

For more information about copyright, please refer to the U. S. Copyright Office Web page at <http://www.copyright.gov>.

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COLLECTIONS STORED OFF-SITE

Readers interested in consulting any of the division's collections are advised to write or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room at (202) 707-5387 before visiting. Many processed and nearly all unprocessed collections are stored off site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Processed collections which are stored off-site are listed below. To obtain access to them, please contact the Manuscript Reading Room several days in advance of your visit to assure that the containers you wish to consult will be available when you arrive.

Although the list of off-site collections is updated periodically, the storage location of collections can change at any time. You are urged to contact the Manuscript Reading Room in advance of your visit, even if the collection you wish to use does not appear on this list.

Collections marked with an asterisk (*) are part of a scheduled move from one offsite facility to another during the period October 2018-July 2019.  The transfer will be done in installments at regular intervals, and individual collections may be unavailable for several weeks before and after their relocation.  Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Manuscript Division reference staff well in advance of arranging a visit to the Manuscript Reading Room, so that we can alert you to the status of the collections you require and make efforts to accommodate your needs as much as possible.

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Ace, Goodman
Aldrich, Nelson W.
Allen, Florence Ellinwood
Allen, Fred
Allen, Charles Julius and Grace Elizabeth
American Association of University Women
American Council of Learned Societies
American Gold Star Mothers
* American Historical Association
American Medical Center for Burma
American Psychological Association
American Scholar
American Society of Landscape Architects
* American Studies Association
Amos 'n' Andy (Radio program)
Anderson, Clinton Presba
Anderson, Frank Maloy
Andrews, Frank Maxwell
Arnold, Henry Harley
Associated Press
Association of Research Libraries
Atlantic Union Committee

Baker, Ray Stannard
Balchen, Bernt
Bancroft-Bliss family
Barbee, James D. and Davis R.
Barnes, James Martin
Baroody, William J.
Barrett, John
Bartlett family
* Bassett, John Spencer
Beale family
Becker, Florence Deakins
Beecher, Henry Ward
Beers, Henry Putney
Benjamin, Harold Raymond Wayne
Benson, William Shepherd
Berge, Wendell
Berry, Faith
Bingham, Theodore A.
Black, Ruby A.
Blair family
Block, Herbert
Block, Ralph
Boggs, Samuel Whittemore
Bonaparte, Charles J.
Book of the Month Club
Boone, Joel Thompson
* Boorstin, Daniel J.
Borah, William Edgar
* Borglum, Gutzon
Bowen, Catherine Drinker
* Brandon, Henry
Brasol, Boris Leo
Brennan, Francis Edwin
Brode, Wallace R.
Brooke, Edward W.
Brundage, Percival Flack
Buck, Solon J.
Bunau-Varilla, Philippe
* Bush, Vannevar
Butterfield, Kenyon L.

Caesar, Sid
* Cairns, Huntington
Canal Zone Library-Museum
Carson, Johnny
Carter, Clarence Edwin
Carter, Thomas Henry
Caton, John Dean
Cecil, Robert Edgar
Celler, Emanuel
* Center for National Policy Review
Chamberlain, Eugene Tyler
Chase, Lewis Nathaniel
Cheney, John Vance
* Childs, James Bennett
* Ciardi, John
Clapp family
Clark, Kenneth Bancroft
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland)
* Cline, Howard Francis
Cline, Ray S.
Coan, Titus
Cockburn, George
Collins, Ross A.
Columbia Broadcasting System
Commoner, Barry
* Congressional Staff Club
Connaly, Tom
Cook, Robert C.
Corey, Herbert
Croffut, W. A. (William Augustus)

Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard
* Daniels, Josephus
Dash, Samuel
Davenport, Marcia
* Davies, Joseph Edward
Davis, James J.
Davisson, Clinton Joseph
Dawes, Henry L.
Dearstyne, Howard
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell
* Deming, W. Edwards (William Edwards)
* Democratic Study Group
Denny, George Vernon
Dike, Samuel Warren
Dodd, William Edward
Doysie, Abel

Eames, Charles and Ray
Eastham, Melville
Eckart, Carl
Eizenstat, Stuart
Eliot, George Fielding
ERAmerica
Ericsson, John
Etzioni, Amitai
Everts, Lillian
Ewing family (Charles Ewing)

Fairchild, Sherman M.
* Fitzpatrick, John Clement
* Ford, Worthington Chauncey
Foulke, William Dudley
Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association
Friis, Harald Trap
Fuller, Melville Weston

Garfield, Harry Augustus
Garfield, James Rudolph
Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph
Geleerd, Elisabeth R.
German Captured Documents
Gerson, N. C.
Gertz, Elmer
* Gesell, Arnold
Gilchrist, Huntington
Ginsburg, David
* Gitelson, Maxwell
Gleason, Arthur Huntington
Goebel, Julius
Goldman, Eric Frederick
* Goldsmith, Thomas T.
Golovin, Nicholas E.
Goodman, Leo
Graham, Fred P.
Granik, Theodore
* Green, Theodore Francis
* Greene, Lorenzo Johnston
* Greenfield, Meg
Grey, Zane
Gruen, Victor
Gruenberg, Benjamin Charles and Sidonie
Guggenheim, Harry Frank

Halsey, Edwin Alexander
Hamilton, Florence
Hammond, John Hays
Harlan, John Marshall
Harper's Magazine
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Harris, William Torrey
Harshaw, Ruth Hetzel
Haworth, Leland John
Hayden, Edward Everett
* Haynsworth, Clement F.
Hensley, Stewart
* Hill, Henry Aaron
Hillcrest Children's Center
Hollerith, Herman
Holmes, John Haynes
Homburger, Freddy
Hornaday, William Temple
Horner, Frederick Cecil
Howard, Roy Wilson
Howard-von Recum family
Hubbard family
Hutchinson, Ralph Cooper
Hyde, Dorsey William
Hyman, Stanley Edgar

Indian Languages Collection
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Psycho-Analytical Association
Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons (debates)
Iturbide, Augustin de

Jenckes, Thomas Allen
Joelson, Charles Samuel
Johnson, Frank M. (Frank Minis)
Johnston, Mercer Green

Kalmus, Herbert Thomas
* Kantor, MacKinley
* Karsten, Karl G.
Keene, Frances Bowler
King, Alexander
* Kingsbury, John Adams
Kline, Burton
Klyce, Scudder
Kowalski, Frank
* Kroll, Lucy

Lakhman, Gizella
* Lardner, George
* Lattimore, Owen
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LeJeune, John Archer
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* Leventhal, Harold
Lewin, Bertram David
Lewis, Nolan Don Carpenter
Library of Congress. Records
Liebengood, Howard S.
* Linowitz, Sol M.
* Literary Society of Washington
Loewenstein, Rudolph Maurice
* Loeb, Benjamin S.
Logan, Joshua
Luce, Henry Robinson

Machen, Lewis H.
MacVeagh, Franklin
Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer)
Maldarelli, Oronzio
* Malik, Charles Habib
* Malina, Frank J.
* Marburg, Theodore
March, Peyton Conway
Marshall, Charles Clinton
Marshall, Peter
* Martin, John Bartlow
McCormick, Lynde Dupuy
McCrumb, Fred R.
McGee, Anita Newcomb
McGee, W. J.
McGowan, Carl
* McGranery, James P., and Regina Clark McGranery
McGrory, Mary
Mearns, Edgar Alexander
Mercy-Argenteau family
Meyer, Cord
Michener, James A
Middleton, George
Miller, Adolph Caspar
Miller, David Hunter
* Mink, Patsy T.
Mitchell, Samuel Chiles
* Moore, Merrill
Moral Re-Armament
Morris, Arthur J.
Morris, Roland Sletor
Moton family
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick)
Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin)
Munroe, Kirk
Murdock, Victor
Murray, John M. (John Milne)

National Association for Universal Military Training
National Committee on Atomic Information
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National Council of Jewish Women, Washington, D.C., Office
* National Urban League
National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education
National Woman's Party
Newell, Frederick Haynes
* Newman, Winn
Nichols, William Ichabod
Niederland, William G.

Oberholser, Harry Church
Ogilvy, David
O'Laughlin, John Callan
Osborn, Fairfield
Oxnam, G. Bromley (Garfield Branley)

Paine, Thomas O.
Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass)
Patterson, Jefferson
Patterson, Richard Sharpe
Patterson-Winslow family
* Payne, Ethel L.
* Peterson, Russell W.
Phillips, Samuel C.
Pickerill, Elmo N. (Elmo Neale)
Pike-McConnell-Donaldson family
* Pinchot, Cornelia Bryce
* Pinchot, Gifford
Pincus, Gregory
Podhoretz, Norman
Poor, Alfred Easton
Prettyman, Elijah Barrett
*Price, Vincent
Progressive National Committee Supporting FDR for President

Quay, Matthew Stanley
Quinn, David B.

Rash, Bryson B.
Rawleigh, William Thomas
Regan, Donald T.
Reichelderfer, Francis W. (Francis Wilton)
Ribicoff, Abraham
Rich, Giles
Richards, Grant
* Richardson, Elliot L.
Riis, Roger William
Ristow, Walter W.
Roberts, Benjamin Titus
Roberts, Elizabeth Madox
Robertson, James Alexander
Robson, May
* Rogovin, Milton
Roosevelt, Kermit, and Belle Roosevelt
Rubey, William Walden
Rukeyser, Muriel
Russell Sage Foundation
Rustin, Bayard

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Sayre, Francis Bowes
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Schorr, Daniel
Schur, Max
Schwellenbach, Lewis B. (Lewis Baxter)
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Sevareid, Eric
Sewall, Joseph
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Shapiro, Henry
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Sioussat, St. George L.
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Smythe, Hugh H.
Sobeloff, Simon Ernest
* Society of Woman Geographers
Solberg, Thorvald
South Carolina. Vice-Admiralty Court at Charles Town
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Steele, Fletcher
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Stephenson, John Aldrich (Hand, Fiske, and Aldrich families)
Stevenson, Burton Egbert
Stimson, Ralph H.
Stinson, Marjorie Claire
* Streit, Clarence K.
Summerall, Charles Pelot
Sweetser, Arthur
Swidler, Joseph C. (Joseph Charles)

Taft, Charles P. (Charles Phelps)
Taft, Robert, Jr.
Taft, Robert A. (1889-1953)
Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt)
Tracy, Benjamin Franklin
Tumulty, Joseph P.
Turpeau, Anne B. (Anne Brock)
* Tuve, Merle Antony

United States. American Commission to Negotiate Peace

* Von Bekesy, Georg
Von Braun, Werhner

* Walsh, Thomas James and John Edward Erickson
Ward, Lester Frank
Wayman, Dorothy G. (Dorothy Godfrey)
Wechsberg, Joseph
Wertham, Frederic
Wexler, Harry
Williams, Robert Ramapatnam
Wilson, Donald
Wilson, Robert E.
* Wolman, Abel
Women's Joint Congressional Committee
World Calendar Association
Wright, J. Skelly
Writers' War Board

Ziegler, Ronald L.
* Zwemer, Raymund L. (Raymund Lull)

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