If you have any questions about duplicating materials, you can always fill out our “Ask an Archivist” research request form, call 734-764-3482 and choose to speak to the Reference staff, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library considers requests for limited duplication of materials, depending on the condition of the materials and when duplication does not violate donor agreements or copyright law.
The Library is also able to assist patrons with the digitization of materials as permitted by copyright law and donor agreements. To ensure the security of our collections and provide consistent service to all researchers, the digitization or scanning of archival materials in any format will be undertaken and managed by the Bentley Historical Library in accordance with recognized best practices and professional standards.
Photocopies (click here for instructions to order online)
- The cost of photocopies is $0.20 per page.
- U-M Units will be billed $13.50/hr of staff processing time for your order. Please provide a shortcode for payment in the Special Request field.
- We currently do not provide pdfs of documents.
- For researchers using our Reading Room, the Reference Staff will endeavor to provide photocopy orders of ten pages or less on the same day.
- If the completed order is to be mailed, there is a $5.00 preparation fee over and above the cost of photocopying, plus the cost of postage.
- Normal turnaround time is two to four weeks. However, we cannot guarantee that orders can be fulfilled within that time period. Photocopy orders over 200 pages may take four to six weeks.
Images (click here for instructions to order online)
You can see a small sample of our photographs in the Bentley Image Bank. These images can be downloaded for free by using the “Download” option at the top left of the photo’s page.
For reproduction of other images, please check the price chart for sizes and pricing. Prices for reproductions vary. Reproductions of Albert Kahn architectural drawings require permission from Kahn Associates; please contact Reference staff at email@example.com to obtain forms for ordering and permission.
- We provide 600 dpi jpegs for $10 each plus a $5 handling fee unless otherwise indicated on the price chart. We will email you a link to download your images. You may opt to have the scans saved to a disc for an additional $5.
- U-M Units will be billed $25.00/hr of staff processing time. Please provide a shortcode for payment in the Special Request field.
- Normal turnaround time is two to four weeks. However, we cannot guarantee that orders can be fulfilled within that time period.
- Upon completion of duplication, an order total will be sent via email or postal service. We can accept cash, check/money order, or credit cards for payments. If you are paying by credit card, you will need to phone in your credit card information to a Reference archivist at 734-936-1337 between 9am – 5pm Eastern time. Upon receipt of payment, your order will be delivered as indicated on your order form.
- Rush orders are handled on a case-by-case basis. Rush prices are a 100% increase over regular prices. Please consult with a Reference Archivist.
Research to Find Images
Reference staff can provide a limited amount of time to locate specific images in our collections. Please fill out the “Ask an Archivist” online reference request form. Requests to find images will be treated as regular research requests. If Reference staff finds any images matching the request, they can email you an overview of their findings along with the necessary instructions required to order electronic scans.
For more involved research requests, it may be possible to hire a private researcher to complete the work for you. If you are interested in this option, please contact Malgosia Myc, Assistant Director for Reference and Academic Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask if anyone is currently available. The current rate is $20.00 per hour.
Audiovisual (click here for instructions to order online)
To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library now has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. The resulting files can be accessed on Reading Room computer workstations or, when possible, the Bentley Digital Media Library.
Prices can vary for audiovisual services, so please consult Reference staff about your needs. Digitization of audio-visual materials will take 6-8 weeks.
U-M Units: any offsite vendor digitization charges will be rebilled directly to your unit, in addition to $37.50/hr of staff processing time. Please provide a shortcode for payment in the Special Request field of your duplication order.
The Bentley reference staff may be able to help you determine whether the Library owns the copyright on materials you may be interested in reproducing or including in a public display.
*Except for images from the Bentley Image Bank, if you would like to include any Bentley material in a public display, printed work, audio-visual production, or online resource, a formal request must be made requesting permission to do so. Please download and complete this Permission to Publish Request form. You may submit it to email@example.com or fax to 734-936-1333. *
For Bentley Image Bank Images, please refer to the information in the “Rights/Permissions” window connected to each image, and the Bentley Image Bank Rights and Permissions Policy: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bhl?page=copyright
For more information about copyright law and regulations, please visit http://www.copyright.gov/title17/.
Citing Bentley Materials
The purpose of a citation is to identify clearly a source so that another researcher may locate it. All citations should include some basic information: item description, date, box number, collection title, and the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Below are some helpful citation examples. If you have any questions, the Reference staff will be glad to provide assistance.
Citing a Letter:
Frank Murphy to Prentiss W. Brown, 2 November 1935, Box 9, Prentiss W. Brown Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Citing a Diary:
Rudy Ludwig diary, 12 March 1946, Box 3, Ludwig Family Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Citing a Particular Volume:
Account Book, 1864-1865, Box 1, German Christian Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora Labora Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Citing a Microfilm Edition of Originals:
Alphadelphia Association Reports of the General Council, 1845, microfilm edition, reel 1. Microfilm and originals at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Citing University Publications:
University of Michigan Department of Biology, Gnat’s Eye Gnus Newsletter, Vol. 91-92, No. 45 (8 September 1922), p. 2, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Minimum citation for publication and display purposes: Josephine Gomon Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Full Citation: Eleanor Roosevelt, Detroit, 1935. Folder “Eleanor Roosevelt Visit to Detroit, 1935,” Box 11, Josephine Gomon Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Citing a Website:
“Seeking a Pleasant Peninsula: A Century of Travel and Vacationing in Michigan.,” Exhibit, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/exhibits/vac/ (retrieved 4 March 2011).