Manuscript Division Rules and Regulations



Although the resources of the MSRC have been developed primarily for the use of Howard University faculty and students, all researchers are welcome. Reproduction services are available, although some collections are subject to restrictions concerning access and copying. While researchers should consult staff concerning specific procedures regarding materials under their care, these specific rules generally apply:

  1. Research is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment, please phone (202) 806-7480.
  2. Researchers must register and present a photo identification to use materials.
  3. All collections of the MSRC are maintained as research collections and all materials must be used on the premises. NO MATERIALS CIRCULATE.
  4. Materials must be handled carefully and treated with respect. The use of rare, fragile, or valuable items which are subject to damage may be restricted or denied.
  5. The use of photographic and other reproduction equipment is prohibited.
  6. Eating, drinking, smoking, and excessive noise in the reading rooms are prohibited.
  7. Researchers must assume responsibility for securing specific permission to publish materials for any purpose.
  8. Only modest amounts of materials will be considered for photoduplication and copyrighted materials will not be reproduced beyond recognized "fair use."
  9. Researchers must assume all responsibility for copyright issues that may arise from the use of copies.
  10. Researchers must indicate full bibliographic information when citing materials used.
    Sample manuscript citation: Alain Locke Papers, Box 164-1, Folder 2, Manuscript Division, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
  11. Guided tours of MSRC are by appointment only. LARGE GROUPS may be accommodated by special arrangements in advance.
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