The University of Florida George A. Smathers Special and Area Studies Collections (SASC) is committed to supporting research, teaching, scholarship, publication, and artistic production involving the use of materials from our physical and digital collections. SASC staff manage all duplication requests.
Our process for providing high-res digital reproductions of and permissions for materials requires that all patrons requesting those services fill out the Duplication and Use Request Form for our records and statistics. To access the webform, please click on the button below:
Turn-around time and RUSH requests
Approved requests are normally processed in the order received. Please allow 25-30 business days for standard duplication requests to be completed, though some requests may require more or less time depending on the desired duplication. Patrons requesting duplications of specialized formats should allow a minimum of 6 weeks for completion.
RUSH service depends on the availability of staff and on the format of the material to be digitized. Any request made within 10 business days of the provided deadline will be considered a RUSH request.
Digitized files will be delivered via Dropbox link to the e-mail address provided in the initial request.
To promote the accessibility of our collections, SASC is not charging fees for most duplication services at this time; however, particularly extensive requests or requests for certain specialized formats may be subject to fees. A notification will be sent to the patron via e-mail should any fees apply. The request will not be processed until approval of the charge is received by SASC staff.
At this time, the only acceptable form of payment is through the secure University web payment gateway (IPAY). If applicable, an invoice will be sent to the e-mail provided on the Duplication and Use Request Form. Duplicated materials will not be provided until payment is verified.
Some materials may be unavailable for duplication (RUSH or otherwise) due to size, format, condition, location, copyright concerns, or other restrictions. As a result, all submitted requests are subject to review prior to approval. If your request is unable to be filled using the RUSH service, a notification will be sent via e-mail.
Please refer to the chart below for more details on the availability and limitations of requests:
Schedule of Limitations
|FORMAT*||Standard Request Max # of Images †||RUSH request Max # of Images †|
|Loose manuscript < 17″ x 22″||1,000 pages||200 pages|
|Serial publication < 17″ x 22″||1 article||1 article|
|Bound volume < 17″ x 22″||10% of the volume||10% of the volume|
|UFDC‡ image||No limit||No limit|
|Photographic prints < 17″ x 22″||100 images||20 images|
|Large format image > 17″ x 22″||30 images||10 images|
|35mm film||100 images||30 images|
|Medium format negatives < 2.25″ x 8.5″||30 images||10 images|
*Some restrictions may apply. Inquire about other formats not listed.
†The number indicated represents the sum total of images requested.
Copyright and liability
Unless otherwise indicated, the University of Florida may not be the owner of the copyright for the materials being requested. Patrons requesting duplication will have responsibility for determining copyright status prior to reusing, publishing or reproducing this item for purposes other than what is allowed by fair use (17 U.S.C. §107) or other copyright exemptions. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder and you agree to obtain such permission from third parties as may be required for your use.
The entire risk as to the use of the duplicates provided are assumed by the patron. Patrons agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the University of Florida and its officers, employees and agents from and against any and all liability, including costs and expenses, arising from the violation of rights of ownership, infringement of copyright, or invasion of privacy, or claims of libel, that may result from your use of the images.
Proper credit must accompany the publication of all items used. Exact attribution language will be provided to the patron upon fulfillment of the duplication request.
Please see the UF Libraries Copyright on Campus guide at guides.uflib.ufl.edu/copyright for more general copyright information.
Third party researchers
Any patron requesting reproductions of and permissions for SASC materials on behalf of a third party is required to certify that they have full authority to do so and that signing and submitting a Duplication and Usage Request form legally binds both respective parties to the policies put forth on this page.
ADA requests for duplication shall be accommodated as per the University of Florida’s Electronic Information Technology Accessibility Policy.
Requests for UF Athletics images will need to be reviewed by the University Archivist and the Athletic Association before being approved.
SASC reserves the right to alter these policies at any time.
Policy effective as of November 16, 2022