Using the Archives
The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives encourages the public's interest and inquiries into their holdings for research or general information. Archival records do not circulate. Materials are retrieved from the holding area and brought to Archives' research area. We reserve the right to close for brief periods when sufficient staff presence cannot be maintained. Patrons should call ahead of time to make sure we can accommodate their requests.
Drinks and food are not permitted in the Archives. Portable computers, tape recorders, and typewriters may be used, as long as other patrons are not disturbed. A limited number of electrical outlets are available.
The patron assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel and literary property rights, which may be involved in the use of any document preserved in the Archives.
The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives makes every attempt to preserve dates and identification of photographs and documents from their original source. The Archives is not responsible for misinformation used in any printed material from these photos or documents.
The archivists make every effort to obtain both personal and institutional archival materials for the collection. These materials vary in form and subject. Included in the collection are faculty authored monographs, subject file materials, audiovisual materials, photographs, museum objects, dissertations, institutional publications, and organizational records.
Warning regarding Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
For more information on copyright, view the Library's page on copyright basics.