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The Resource Room is open to the public by appointment, contact Laura Juraska - ljuraska@bates.edu about a convenient time.

All researchers must sign in the guest book with name, address, and telephone number before using the collection.

Coats, bags, and other personal property must be left in the main room or preferably in your car which can be parked across the road. Pencils, paper, cameras and laptops are permitted in the Resource Room, but pens and carrying cases are not. As a security measure, the Resource Room staff reserves the right to inspect all articles used at the research table.

Materials do not circulate. They may be used in the Resource Room only. Exception: Those records relating to the operation of the Historical Society itself may be taken to study by Directors of the Historical Society, but must be returned by the next meeting.

Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited.

All materials must be handled carefully. Materials may not be leaned upon, written on, folded, traced from, or handled in any way that might cause damage. Cotton gloves must be worn when handling original photographs and cradles must be used when handling fragile books; these will be provided by the staff. Mutilation, destruction and theft of materials are subject to prosecution.

Certain documents may be restricted by statute or by the donor. For the protection of the collections, the staff reserved the right to restrict the use of materials which have not been processed, are being processed, or which are particularly fragile. In some cases, photocopies or microfilm of fragile originals can be provided.

Only one folder or box of archival material will be issued at a time. Only one folder may be removed from a box at a time. Researchers must maintain the order of manuscripts materials within folder or boxes. Researchers are asked to notify staff if materials appear to be damaged or out of order.

Photocopying and other duplication of materials will be arranged by the staff if it can be done without injury to the materials, and does not violate copyright or other restriction.

Photocopies from reference books, manuscripts, etc .30 per page
Photocopies of photographs on photopaper$2.00 for 4x6, $3.50 for 5x7, $5.00 for 8x10

Disks may be done on the researchers own equipment and may be done by staff under some conditions.

There is a $2.50 shipping and handling fee on mail orders.

Permission to publish material will be granted following receipt of a completed permission to publish form. Once the request is approved, the researcher assumes full responsibility for securing permission to publish from any and all owners of copyright or publication rights. The Leeds Historical Society makes no claim to be the owner of copyright or literary property rights to any materials in its collection.

Citation to source format: Item identification and date, series info, collection title, box and folder number or other physical identifier, Leeds Historical Society, Leeds, Maine. {Photo of Oliver Otis Howard, 1904, Howard Collection, 2004.20.23, Leeds Historical Society, Leeds, Maine}.

The Leeds Historical Society reserves the right to request a copy of the publication.