Special Collection Materials

We are offering digitization services as staff availability and other resources allow. All requests for digitization of collection material are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to U-M students, faculty, and staff when necessary.

Get started

To get started, make sure you’re registered as a researcher to access our materials.

See our introduction to finding special collections and archival materials if it’s new to you.

While we own the items in our collections, we do not hold the copyright unless it has been explicitly transferred to the university. You are responsible for understanding the copyright implications of using duplicated materials.

How to place a request

We use a few different tools to describe our varied collections. How you place a request depends on where you found the item. 

Library Search or Subject Vertical File

From U-M Library Catalog Search or the Labadie Collection Subject Vertical File listing:

  1. Select Request this, which will take you to our reading room request form. Log in if needed, but do not submit yet. 
  2. Select the link that says Switch to Duplication Request.  
  3. Complete this form and select Submit.

Online finding aid

For materials described by an online finding aid, there is no request link directly from the finding aid. Instead:

  1. Log in to your Special Collections Request Account.
  2. Select Request Duplication from the site menu.
  3. Manually enter the details of your request. Please provide as much detail as possible and select Submit.
  4. If you are requesting material from multiple folders in an archive, please submit a separate request for each folder.

Access to completed requests

When we complete your request, you will receive a notification by email. In most cases, you’ll be able to download files from your account by selecting Delivered Items under Duplication

If a single request results in multiple files, the email notification will contain a link to a specific page for downloading them. 

Questions? Contact us at special.collections@umich.edu.

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