Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) provides duplication services for both long-distance and visiting researchers. In general, a fee of $5.00 is added to duplication requests initiated by telephone, fax, e-mail, or regular mail. Duplications are not released until payment is received. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the "University of Maryland" and may be mailed to:
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library/SCPA
University of Maryland
2511 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742
Phone Number: 301.405.9220 or 301.314.7614
Payment must be by check or money order.
Types of Duplication Requests
- Published Materials: On-site researchers may make copies of materials from open stacks and reference materials, including microform versions, using the public access photocopiers in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at a fee of $0.10/copy.
- Archival, Manuscript, and Rare Book Holdings (i.e. manuscripts, correspondence, photographs): SCPA staff make photocopies of these materials on paper printed with the University of Maryland Libraries copyright warning. Researchers may NOT make photocopies of these materials on their own initiative. Requests will be handled as promptly as possible. It may be necessary to mail photocopies to a researcher after the research visit has been completed.
The fee for photocopying completed by staff is $0.25 per page. Photocopy requests are normally limited to 200 pages a month per researcher. Individual curators may waive the 200-page limit if they determine that a request is justified and if there is sufficient staffing to complete it.
There will be a $0.75 per page surcharge for photocopy orders in excess of the 200-page per month limit. Individual curators have the discretion to waive the surcharge.
SCPA staff routinely provides digital scans of items for patrons. Please refer to the Maryland Room's digital surrogates policy for further information, as we follow the same guidelines.
Occasionally researchers may secure permission to photograph SCPA holdings using personal cameras. This permission is granted at the discretion of the curator and depends both on the fragility of the items as well as any copyright considerations.
Copyright restrictions may apply.
- Campus Photo Services (CPS): SCPA staff facilitate orders completed by Campus Photo Services. CPS sets the fees for services it provides, which include taxes and shipping. The fees for individual prints from existing negatives vary depending on the size of the requested print. If a researcher requests a copy print of a photograph for which there is no existing negative, he or she will pay for the making of a copy negative to be retained by SCPA.
Before copies of copyrighted materials are made, researchers will be required to furnish written permission from the copyright holder(s). Duplication of audio recordings is provided only for items for which an existing archival master exists. If a researcher requests duplication of an audio recording for which there is no existing archival master, he or she will pay the costs associated with making an archival master to be retained by SCPA.
Duplication fees to be posted soon.
Motion Picture and Video Recordings
Requests for duplication of motion pictures and videotapes are available on a case by case basis. Fees to be posted soon.