Pickler Memorial Library



Special Collections and Museums


Research Services

Due to staffing limitations, research requests will be completed at the discretion of the library staff. Please be aware that in-depth or comprehensive research may not be able to be accommodated.


Offers of collection material are evaluated in accordance with the department's Collections Development Policy.  Considerations of acceptance include, but are not limited to: relevance to existing collections, anticipated scholarly use, required storage space, and staff time needed to make the collection accessible.

Commonly accepted items include books, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, records of departments or organizations (agendas, minutes, founding documents, etc.), and correspondence.  Descriptions of our collections can be found at http://library.truman.edu/departments/specialcollections.asp.

Donors are required to sign a deed of gift, which officially transfers material to the University.  Please contact the department for more information regarding donating collection material. 


When publishing or exhibiting from our Archives or manuscript collections, please acknowledge with the following:

Courtesy of [name of collection], Special Collections & Museums Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University

Reproduction Services

Patrons may request reproductions of collection material by telephone, mail or email. When requesting this service, please indicate the collection name and be as specific as possible about the document or information you seek.

The Special Collections department reserves the right to:

  • limit large amounts of collection material reproduction
  • refuse copy services for materials too fragile to withstand equipment use
  • refuse copy services for materials subject to copyright or other restrictions

For copy requests exceeding 50 pages in length, an additional production fee will apply. Payment for all reproduction requests must be received in advance and may be made by cash, check, money order or charge (Visa, MC, American Express, Discover). If you wish to use a debit or credit card, we would suggest you call us rather than emailing the account number & expiration date. If you prefer sending a check or money order, make it payable to Truman State University and mail it to the address listed under Contact Us.

Fees (effective July 1, 2012)
Fee Minimum Charge
Walk-In/Onsite Copy Request $0.50 per basic* image None
$10.00 per enhanced** image None
Remote/Offsite Copy Request $1.00 per basic* image $5.00 (includes up to 5 basic images)
$0.50 per basic* image after Minimum Charge
$10.00 per enhanced** image None
Additional Production Fee for requests exceeding 50 pages $10.00 per 50 page increment None
Description of Images
*Basic Image **Enhanced Image
Walk-In/Onsite Copy Request Production-Quality JPEG (>200 dpi)
Paper Copy PDF -- color (multipage pdf is charged by the page)
JPEG (200 dpi) TIFF file
PDF -- black and white (multipage pdf is charged by the page) Other enhancements requested by patron (cropping, etc.)
Oversize Material Requests (exceeding 8.5"x14")