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Scans and Imaging Services

The Special Collections & Rare Books Department provides duplication services for items from the collections, but reserves the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to condition, size, copyright, staff availability or donor requirements. Scans and photographs of books, images, and archival materials must always be made by staff members and will incur the charges as stated below.  Our digital imaging equipment allows resolutions up to 600dpi.  Files can be delivered in a variety of formats.

Digital scan: $5.00 per image


Special Collections does not hold rights for most of the materials in the collections.  In some cases, we cannot make publication quality copies without written authorization from the copyright holder. It is the user’s responsibility to identify copyright holders and secure permissions.

Comic Art Collections

As of March 2012, Universal Uclick holds copyright and licensing rights to most published Alley Oop and Boots materials.  Rights to other published comic art materials are held by various publishing or syndication companies. Special Collections will not make scans without permission from rights holders. For more information on copyright and comics, see U.S. Copyright Office Circular 44: Cartoons and Comic Strips.

Lanford Wilson Collection

The University of Missouri does not hold copyright for materials in the Lanford Wilson Collection. No photography or copying is permitted per agreement with the Wilson estate. Please contact Special Collections for information on rights holders.

Mary Lago Collection

Rights to photocopied correspondence in the Mary Lago Collection may reside either with the original holding institution, or with an individual or estate. According to agreements with the holding libraries, duplication is not permitted.

Sanborn Maps

Digital copies of Sanborn Maps in the public domain are available online in the University of Missouri Digital Library. For later years, contact Environmental Data Resources, Inc. for copies.

University of Missouri Licensed Materials

Certain phrases, names, marks, and logos (e.g., The University of Missouri, the 'Truman the Tiger' mascot) associated with the University of Missouri have been registered or otherwise termed as trademarks. Please see the MU Licensing & Trademarks web page for contact information and additional information regarding possible licensing fees attached to the use of these trademarks.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," the user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.

More information on copyright law