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Yale Library COVID-19 updates.

Manuscripts & Archives: Resumption of Services Following COVID-19 Closure: Digitization Services Information

This guide provides up-to-date information about the phased resumption of services for researchers in Manuscripts & Archives.

General Information about Current Digitization Services

Currently, and for the foreseeable future, digitization efforts in Manuscripts & Archives will prioritize the following, in the order indicated:

1.       Collection materials needed by Yale faculty for teaching Yale classes.

2.       Collection materials needed by Yale faculty and students for their own research projects.

3.       Collection materials needed by other Yale patrons, digitized as staff time permits and in the order in which requests are received.


In determining digitization service priorities during phased resumption of services, Patrons with a Yale NetID refers to anyone with a currently valid Yale NetID who uses it to logon to their Yale Special Collections User Account, while Non-Yale patrons refers to all others.

Current Digitization Service Information for Patrons with a Yale NetID

Patrons who logon to their Yale Special Collections User Account with a Yale NetID and who wish to request digitization of Manuscripts & Archives collection materials should contact mssa.assist@yale.edu. In your email please provide very specific information on the collection(s), box(es), and folder(s) you are seeking to have digitized, and specify information regarding your need for the digitization.

Please keep in mind that for the foreseeable future we must prioritize digitization in support of Yale faculty who need the materials for courses they are teaching during Spring term 2021. This may impact the timeline for digitization of materials for other Yale patrons with a Yale NetID.

Current Digitization Service Information for Non-Yale Patrons

New digitization services:

We are currently unable to accept new digitization requests from non-Yale patrons due to staffing constraints and our focus on digitizing to support the teaching and research needs of Yale faculty and students. By August 1, 2021, we anticipate announcing a timeline for resuming digitization services for non-Yale patrons at a centralized library digitization facility. This site will be updated as additional information is available.

Previously digitized materials from archival collections:

Previously digitized materials indicated using the following note in a record for an item or folder in Archives at Yale (Yale's database of archival collection guides) may be requested by sending an email to mssa.assist@yale.edu:

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High-resolution TIFF files of items found in the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Library may be requested by sending an email to mssa.assist@yale.edu.

Delivery timeline:

Requests for previously digitized materials will be filled as staff resources permit. We cannot predict a delivery date or provide rush service, so please plan your requests accordingly.