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CONSULTING THE MANUSCRIPT HOLDINGS

Manuscript collections are available for consultation by registered readers. Our researchers include the University of Toronto community, visiting scholars and members of the general public with a demonstrated research need.

Researchers must complete a Manuscript Use Form for each manuscript collection or individual manuscript they wish to consult, briefly outlining the purpose of their research or reason for their request. Please note that some collections have access restrictions in accordance with the wishes of donors or creators. Fragile and brittle material may not be available in the original but may be consulted on microfilm or microfiche.

Limited photocopying of manuscript material may be performed by Library staff subject to copyright and preservation considerations, and available staff time. All photography sessions are by appointment only and must be arranged in advance with the Conservator. The Conservator will supervise all photographic sessions. All manuscript material must be read in the Reading Room under the supervision of a Library staff member and only one box at a time may be consulted by a researcher at their desk. Only pencils may be used in the Reading Room.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain appropriate permissions from copyright holders prior to publication of works (e.g. in Canada, copyright remains with the author of an unpublished text for seventy (70) years following their death). With a few exceptions, the Library does not hold the intellectual property rights for any given material in the collections.

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