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Photography & Video Policy

Smith College Special Collections encourages the use of personal digital cameras in the Reading Room to photograph materials under the following conditions:

  1. Non-flash photography of materials is allowed during your research. Special Collections has two document cameras, two iPads, and speciality lighting available for researchers on a first come basis.
  2. Fragile bound materials must be supported in a book cradle, with no pressure applied to bindings.
  3. Unbound materials can only be photographed lying flat on a research table; no copy-stands and unstapling.
  4. When handling photographs, wear gloves, which will be provided to you.
  5. Use of personal scanners or other equipment that may endanger the material is prohibited.
  6. Each captured image should include identification of the repository as "Smith College Special Collection" along with the item or collection name and folder title, if relevant. We suggest that you photograph the item with the folder title as part of the image in order to keep track of the materials for citation and future reference.
  7. Images may not be published in any way without written permission of the copyright holder. Images may not be changed, modified, or embellished without written permission of the copyright owner.
  8. Researchers can obtain a publication-quality image from Special Collections. Reproduction fees apply. See Rights & Reproductions for more information.