The Bentley Historical Library is open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students, and staff. Please see our full announcement here.

Duplication of Materials

The Bentley Historical Library is now open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students, and staff.

For all researchers, we will continue to receive research requests and duplication orders through our normal online process, however, we will be unable to respond to these requests immediately.

PLEASE NOTE: We updated our research account system on Tuesday, August 18. If you previously registered for your Bentley research account using a U-M Friend Account, you will need to reset your password.

Please visit our login page, choose “Guest Account”, and click on the “Forgot Password” link to receive a link for resetting your password. Your username will be your email address.

Please email our Reference team at bentley.ref@umich.edu if you need assistance with your research account.

The Library considers requests for limited duplication of materials, depending on their condition. 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.

You can find duplication order instructions on our Requesting and Duplication Instructions page.

If you have any questions about duplicating materials, you can always fill out our “Ask an Archivist” research request form or email bentley.duplication@umich.edu.

Prices were updated in January 2019.

Photocopies

  • Paper photocopies are available in black and white.
  • The cost of photocopies is $0.25 per page.
    • U-M Units will be billed $12.00/hr of staff processing time for your order. Please provide a shortcode for payment in the Special Request field.
  • USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate postage will be added to your order total.
  • Normal turnaround time is 6-8 weeks. However, we cannot guarantee that orders can be fulfilled within that time period. Photocopy orders over 500 pages may take 8-10 weeks. Please see below for payment and rush order information.

 

PDFs

  • We provide PDFs in 400 dpi color.
  • The cost of PDFs is $0.25 per page.
    • U-M Units will be billed $12.00/hr of staff processing time for your order. Please provide a shortcode for payment in the Special Request field.
  • Orders that total 10 pages or less may be provided at no charge upon review.
  • Normal turnaround time is 6-8 weeks. However, we cannot guarantee that orders can be fulfilled within that time period. Orders over 500 pages may take 10-12 weeks. Please see below for payment and rush order information.
  • Completed orders will be made available for download from your Bentley research account.
    • If you cannot log into your account, we will email you a link to download your order from our M+Box transfer site.

 

JPG/TIFF Images

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.

NOTE: Reproductions of Albert Kahn architectural drawings require permission from Albert Kahn Associates; please contact Reference staff at bentley.ref@umich.edu to obtain duplication permission forms and further ordering instructions.

  • We provide 600 color dpi jpeg or tiff for $10 each plus a $5 handling fee unless otherwise indicated on the price chart.
    • Negatives or items smaller than 4″ x 6″ are scanned at 1200 dpi or otherwise appropriate resolution.
    • U-M Units will be billed $22.00/hr of staff processing time. Please provide a shortcode for payment in the Special Request field.
  • Normal turnaround time is 4-6 weeks. However, we cannot guarantee that orders can be fulfilled within that time period. Please see below for payment and rush order information.
  • Completed orders will be made available for download from your Bentley research account.
    • If you cannot log into your account, we will email you a link to download your images from our M+Box transfer site.
    • You may opt to have the scans saved to a disk for an additional $5 and mailed to you. USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate postage will be added to your order total.

 

Audiovisual

Due to the pandemic, we will be limited to our in-house digitization capability of audio cassette tapes when we reopen. We have paused digitization through our professional vendors at this time.

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. Personal copies of audio or video files may be available pending copyright review by Curation archivists.

Prices can vary for audiovisual services, so please consult Reference staff about your needs. Digitization of audio-visual materials will take at least 10 weeks. Rush orders within 5 weeks may be possible with certain formats; please consult with a Reference Archivist.

 

Payment

Upon completion of duplication, an order total will be sent via email or postal service. We can accept US check/money order or credit cards for payments.

International researchers may also use an electronic bank transfer, which will add the bank’s fees to your order total. Please email Reference staff at bentley.ref@umich.edu for details.

For credit cards, you will pay online through U-M’s Shared Services Center (SSC) portal, which uses Authorize.net. Please visit http://myumi.ch/L4wM7 and scroll down to the “Pay Now” button. You will need your invoice information. Upon verification of payment, your order will be delivered as indicated on your order form.

Payments are handled by the U-M SSC Receivable Office. If you have questions regarding your payment or any difficulty submitting payment, please contact their office at 734-615-2000 or electronicpmts@umich.edu.

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 and will be answered in the order in which they were received. 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 work for you. If you are interested in this option, please contact Malgosia Myc, Assistant Director for Reference and Academic Programs (mycm@umich.edu) to ask if anyone is available. The current rate is $20.00–$25.00 per hour.


Copyright

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. Please visit our Permissions Polices page for further information and citation examples:

https://bentley.umich.edu/research/permissions-policies/