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Digitization & Publication Services

Researchers are more than welcome to take photographs of most materials while visiting Special Collections. Special Collections is also happy to provide a range of digitization services to help you obtain the image and document files you need. Digitization requests for Special Collections housed in Firestone and Mudd Library are available at no cost, and can be made through the Ask Us! form. Many items from the Department’s holdings have already been digitized and are available to download via the item’s record in the Catalog or Finding Aids.

In order to provide effective and equitable service to all researchers, requests are limited to 300 pages per person/project. Published materials may be further limited due to copyright restrictions. Should you believe you are in need of services that do not align with our order fulfillment period or page limits, please reach out to us to discuss it further. Due to the current large demand, we cannot guarantee turnaround times. Please contact us well in advance if you have questions concerning the volume or timeline. 

While we will do our best to provide the requested materials, there may be limitations due to format, conservation and/or copyright concerns. Please note that digital content is only provided for research and publication purposes. Copies of material held in Princeton Special Collections cannot be added to the holdings of other archives, libraries or museums. Staff are happy to work with researchers on finding the best path forward.

Audio/Visual Materials

Depending on the nature and condition of the original item, digitization may be possible. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Please contact us using the Ask Us! form for more information.