[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] photographing in archives

Helen Gillespie hgillespie at rogers.com
Mon Oct 18 20:03:10 PDT 2010

Library and Archives Canada DOES permit photographing of original documents however there are restrictions http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/copies/005010-5010-e.html 

Digital and print copies can also be ordered - on site or on line.  Terms of use are outlined on http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/the-public/005-6040-e.html and cost of copies http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/copies/index-e.html

Even NARA is permitting some personal camera and scanner use (see Photocopies section http://www.archives.gov/faqs/index.html#copyright ).

The National Archives in the UK also permit personal photography for some material: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/photopolicy.pdf

Would be nice if European archives would also follow suit!


--- On Sat, 10/16/10, karlann at juno.com <karlann at juno.com> wrote:

> From: karlann at juno.com <karlann at juno.com>
> Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] photographing in archives
> To: ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org
> Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:37 PM
> I have recently done research in
> German archives in Germany and also have many years of
> experience working in research libraries in the United
> States and abroad. I would suggest that no library wants
> someone taking photographs of their original documents 
> except  tnrough their own established policies and
> procedures. 
> If an archives asks you to order photocopies through their
> service, and you pay for it, and you do not receive it, then
> you should write to them repeatedly to inquire about your
> photocopy order.
> I have had marvelous experiences in German archives in
> which we could not photograph documents but could photograph
> ourselves at work on the premises, and we had our photocopy
> requests filled in a timely way, with documents mailed to
> our home address within six weeks.  I would hope that
> Polish archives will strive to achieve a similar standard,
> if patrons show willingness to pay for the services they
> want and the archives want to be operating in a
> business-like way.
> I have also found that hiring a local
> researcher/translator, someone who has worked in the local
> archives before, is extremely helpful in finessing many of
> these issues.  
> Karla Walters
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