Reprographics policy for Archives and Manuscripts
Please help us to ensure the survival of our records by asking only for copies which will not contravene our regulations and consulting the archivist before ordering copies if in any doubt.
All copying of archival and manuscript material is at the discretion of the professional staff, who are happy to advise on the suitability of material for copying, and will provide reasons and suggest alternatives where in-house copying is not possible.
PLEASE ASK in advance correspondence before taking photographs of our records with your own camera; we do try to give permission whenever possible, and will advise when it is not possible - see below.
If you are taking photographs with your own digital camera:
We no longer photocopy any original material; if a reader is unable to use digital images, prints of up to A4 size can normally be provided.
Copies will be made from pre-existing surrogates wherever possible, in order to prevent damaging the originals through handling and exposure to intense light.
Every effort is made to produce good quality copies; originals will not be subjected to recopying to improve the cosmetic appearance of copies if the required information is reasonably legible on the first copy.
We will normally make requested scanned images available via our website. Large scans often cause problems for email systems (including ours), and posting images online makes them easily available to all researchers.
We do not usually make charges for reprography, except in exceptional circumstances as specified below. However, we may charge at the following rates:
• Black and white or colour scanning: £1 per scan, up to A3 size.
Commercial and professional (non-academic) researchers may expect to be charged at the above rates. Other researchers may be sent our standard donation letter.
Single sheet items in good physical condition up to A3 size may be scanned up to a maximum of 20 pages per visitor per visit. Examples of items unsuitable for copying include
Loose/single photographs in good condition up to A3 size may be scanned. The binding structure of some photo albums allows scanning, but not others. Faded and damaged photographs will not be scanned. In such cases we may be able to provide digital photographs, but a longer time scale must be expected.
Bound volumes will only be copied if they are in good enough condition to withstand the physical stress of copying and if we are able to provide adequate support to the volume throughout the copying process. The stability of inks and bindings will be taken into account in such decisions as well as the condition of the paper or parchment.
We do not have the facilities to produce
These can only be copied by specialist firms, which raises both preservation and security concerns; if a copy can be made, we will obtain an initial quote and invoice the enquirer for the full costs of any such copying.
Copying may be refused for the following reasons:
1. Copyright: if Balliol College does not own the copyright of a collection in its custody; in such cases it is up to the enquirer to obtain, and provide a copy to the archivist of, permission in advance for reproduction from the copyright holder.
2. Preservation: We do not photocopy anything. Regardless of age, if the original document is light-sensitive, fragile or otherwise in a physical state where scanning or digital photography will cause damage, we will not do so. In such cases, alternative reproduction methods will be suggested wherever possible, and their costs quoted.
Readers may use digital cameras, without charge, at the discretion of the archivist, provided that:
• they inform the archivist in advance of their intention to use a camera
The archivist may request a copy of all images taken, with the understanding that Balliol may use or publish any images taken, including on our website, and provide them on request to other researchers. This is to minimise physical impact on original documents. We will always credit photographers.
Donations towards the preservation of the items being photographed will be appreciated.
Where the intention of the use of a camera is commercial publication or broadcast, the written permission of the copyright holder or the archivist is required. Application should be made in writing at least two weeks in advance of such a searchroom visit and a fee may be charged.
Balliol's reprographics policy is based on the National Preservation Office's guidelines 'Photocopying of Library and Archive Materials.'
All images are copyright Balliol College.
The archives and manuscript collections of Balliol College are open by appointment to enquirers in person in their new accommodation at St Cross Church, Holywell.
Enquiries should be sent in writing (email or post) to the Archivist in the first instance.
There is no charge for Archive enquiries, but donations for Archive purposes are always appreciated.