Photocopies & Low-Resolution Scans (PDFs)

Paper photocopies and low-resolution digital reproductions (PDFs) are provided to our users to support research and scholarship. The RBML provides reproductions from our collections upon request as long as the staff determines that copying will not harm the original document(s) or violate copyright law.

  • Reproduction orders for archival material are limited to a maximum of 250 pages. Reproductions of Oral Histories, MA Essays or Dissertations are limited to 650 pages.
  • Bound materials other than Oral Histories, MA Essays and Dissertations cannot usually be reproduced via photocopy or low-resolution PDF and must be reproduced via high-resolution digital imaging.
  • Orders may be submitted in-person or remotely.
  • All orders are processed in order of receipt—usually within three to four weeks.
  • All reproduction orders must be prepaid; we accept cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard.
  • Please note that the copyright statement must be signed; failure to sign the form will delay processing of your order.

Requests for a complete unit of material, such as en entire box of manuscript material or an entire bound volume, cannot be filled by photocopying, but may be possible through digital imaging, if condition and copyright law allows. If you have any questions, please contact RBML staff.

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) provides high-resolution digital reproductions and original or archival time-based media conversion services for purposes of supporting teaching, research, and other scholarship.

Order Form

If you wish to place an order, please print out the form below and fill it out as completely as possible.

Oral History

The ability of the Oral History Archives to reproduce transcripts for private research varies across the collections on an interview by interview basis. Ability to reproduce and allowable reproduction format is dependent on contractual obligations to narrators and copyright law. Please consult the Oral History Archives FAQ or contact the OH Archives for more information on their reproduction policies and forms.

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Master's Essays & Dissertations

For information on how to find and order copies of Columbia University Master's essays and dissertations, please check out the University Archives Research Guide.


Onsite Users
  • Paper photocopies (delivered by post) or PDF scans (delivered by email)
    $0.25 per page

  • Domestic Postage
    $6.00 for the first 100 pages
    $5.00 for each additional increment of 100 pages, up to 500 pages

  • International Postage
    Calculated on an individual basis.

PDF copies of Oral History Transcripts, MA Essays or Dissertations: $30 for up to 650 pages, $0.25 per page thereafter

Remote Users
  • Paper photocopies (delivered by post) or PDF scans (delivered by email)
    • $30.00 minimum charge for up to 75 pages (includes domestic postage)
    • $12.00 for each additional increment of 25 pages (includes domestic postage)
  • International Postage
    Calculated on an individual basis.             

PDF copies of Oral History Transcripts, MA Essays or Dissertations: $30 for up to 650 pages, $12.00 for each additional increment of 25 pages  

Payment Methods

  • Cash is accepted at the RBML reference desk only. Please do not send cash by mail.
  • Checks made payable to "Columbia University" drawn on a United States bank, in United States Dollars.
  • Credit card: MasterCard or Visa only. Please provide the card number, the name as it appears on the card, the expiration date, and the security code (a three-digit code located on the signature line on the back of the card). To ensure your security, the RBML will only accept credit card numbers in person or via telephone. Do not email or fax your credit card information.

The RBML reserves the right to limit the number of reproductions made, or to decline to make requested reproductions, due to the fragile nature of material, restrictions, or if we determine that copying material would violate U.S. copyright law. If you have questions about reproduction policies and procedures, please consult with RBML staff before placing an order.



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 specific 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.