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Emory Law Archives and Manuscripts Research: Visiting the Emory Law Archives

Emory Law Archives COVID-19 Announcement

In response to the COVID-19 virus and in accordance with Emory University Libraries, the Emory Law Archives will be closed to visitors beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. During this period of closure, the ELA will continue to provide limited remote services, as we are able, including responding to research queries and holding research appointments remotely, but reproduction services will be limited and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Do You Have A Question for the Law Archives?

If you have a question for the archives, please complete this form to schedule a research appointment. 

Visiting the Archives

Getting Started:

1. Hours: The Emory Law Archives may be used during weekday reference hours only from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

2. Make a Request with the Archivist: If you have a question for the archives, please complete this form to schedule a research appointment.

3. Arrival: When you arrive at the law library, you will be asked to show a photo ID and sign our register so that we have a record of your visit.

4. Research Consultation: You may consult with research services staff about your specific research interests so that we can help direct you to the most relevant materials.

Emory Student - Archive Checklist

Archival Research Checklist for Students

*Complete these steps before making an appointment with the archivist.*

1. Review the Emory Law Archives (ELA) LibGuide to learn about archival research and the ELA archive. 

2. Read the "Searching the Archives" tab to learn how to use finding aids to search the ELA archive.

3. Conduct a search for your topic of interest on the ELA finding aid website.

4. Make a list of archival material you would like to view, including permanent URL, box number and folder number for each item. 

5. Review the "Visiting the Archives" tab for available hours and archive visiting procedures

6. Make a request for an appointment with the archivist using the student research consultation form

Archive Room Policy

Archives Room Policies:

  • Archival materials cannot be checked out. Instead, you may use them at the large table located just outside the Archives Room or in a study room on the first floor of the law library. 
  • Only materials directly related to the research project at hand and to note-taking are permitted near archival materials. Permitted items include laptops, tablets, paper, and pencils (no ink pens).
  • Cases, bags, backpacks, purses, umbrellas, food, or beverages (including water) are not permitted - these personal items must be left with the staff behind the Circulation Desk. 
  • Archival materials may not be removed from the first floor of the law library for any reason. Research services staff may be able to scan a limited amount of some materials upon request. Also, you may be able to use a personal camera to take pictures of the materials you are using. Please ask the staff member assisting you about using a personal camera and requesting scanning.    

Reprographic Services

Reprographic Services:

Researchers may request reproductions of materials in collections for use in personal research. The library will not scan materials if doing so would violate copyright law or donor restrictions, or if scanning risks damaging the materials.  We will only scan items measuring 11x17 inches or less.  The library also reserves the right to set limits on the amount of scanning it will undertake.  There is a limit of 100 images per request, and 300 images per year, per researcher; our year runs from September 1 – August 31.  The library charges fees for reproductions in order to offset the cost of producing the images.  Due to copyright and intellectual property rights, we are unable to disseminate copies of born-digital materials. 

Requesting Reproductions

  • For digital scans: Files are generally emailed within fifteen business days. 

Digital Files

  • Images of printed pages will be provided as 200 or 300 dpi PDF or JPEG files.
  • Images of photographs will be provided as 400dpi TIFF files.

Fee Schedule for Digital Images

  • No charge for first 10 page images.
  • Per image fee for digital page images: $1.00 
  • Per image fee for digital images of photographs: $5.00

Large Order Additional Labor Charge

  • 51-75 images: $25.00
  • 76-100 images: $50.00

Please complete this form for assistance with requests.

Subject Guide

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