Polonica Collection Research Policies
The PMA Polonica Collection is not accessible to the public.
Research visitors can view Polonia Collection materials by writing with two days advance notice minimum.
- Email should be sent to info@PolishMuseumOfAmerica.org, subject line: Polonica Collection request – [title/topic of interest].
- Mail should be sent to: PMA Library, Special Collections, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642-4101.
When an order is processed, the materials will be available for research in the PMA Library Reading Room. (PMAL Use of Library Policy will apply.)
- Assistance, including preparing materials & reshelving:
$20/hour, first hour free
- Photocopies & non-flash photography (patron’s own camera) of Polonica Collection material:
$1/ image (restrictions may apply)
Photocopies are permitted only for materials that will not sustain damage in the photocopying process, as it is the PMA’s mission to conserve its collections for perpetual use. No more than 20 percent may be photocopied or reproduced per volume or title (unless otherwise authorized by the Special Collections Librarian).
In some cases, patrons may request research to be done by the Special Collections Librarian. A $10 fee is charged for all requests, and includes 30 minutes of research. This fee applies to unsuccessful searches as well. If further research is needed and approved by the patron, an additional fee of $20 per hour will apply.
While we attempt to accommodate the research and publication needs of our researchers, limitations may apply. Some items may be too damaged or too fragile to be copied. The reproduction service operates in strict compliance with U.S. Copyright Law.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material, and stipulates that such copies can be provided only under certain specified conditions. To wit, such copies are not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. Thus, permission to photocopy or otherwise reproduce images does not constitute permission to publish.
If you are interested in the possibility of republishing copyrighted material, you will need to gain the permission of the copyright holder. For both copyrighted and public domain materials Commercial Publication Fees may apply.
Please note: DETERMINING THE EXISTENCE OF COPYRIGHT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL RESTRICTIONS, AS WELL AS OBTAINING PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER, IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REQUESTER.