Request Copies

Special Collections offers digitization services for materials in its collections to assist scholars in their research. Please note that do not provide print copy services. Reproduction of materials is guided and governed by considerations such as donor restrictions, condition, and intrinsic value. We also provide high quality copies of resources accessible in our Digital Collections and the Chattanooga History Collections Online.

Depending on the size and complexity of your order, it may take us several days to provide copies. Once your copies are ready, we will send you a link from which you will be able to download copies to your own computer.

All requests are subject to review. We reserve the right to revise an order due to preservation concerns or time constraints.

Researcher Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the researcher to keep complete and accurate citations (call numbers, captions, page numbers, and box and folder numbers) for all items requested. Requests for subsequent orders for high resolution images for publication will not be processed without this information.

  • Researchers must work with staff to request scans or digital photographs.
  • Researchers may not remove items to be copied from the folder/album, or folders/pages from the box or album.
  • Researchers may not provide reproductions (photocopies, digital files, etc.) of our materials to another repository or researcher.
  • Researchers are responsible for editing digital files provided by Special Collections. You may convert files to other formats using photo editing software such as Photoshop (available in the Library's Studio) or online tools like PicMonkey.
  • Researchers are responsible for Copyright and Permissions.


Researchers who use images from our collections in exhibits, presentations, publications, and public spaces must credit the source using the guidelines below.

  • Copies obtained from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga collections, including Manuscripts, University Archives, and Rare Books should be credited with the following statement, "Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections."
  • Copies obtained from the Chattanooga History Collections should be credited with the following statement, "Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections."

Digital Cameras

Onsite researchers may use digital cameras and other equipment to copy materials for study purposes. All equipment must be approved by our staff prior to use.