Simcoe County Archives recognizes that photocopying is a great asset for researchers, and will make every effort to provide the highest quality service possible. Preservation concerns, however, must balance researcher needs against the physical needs of the collection. Reproductions will be made at the discretion of the Archivist. The decision to copy or not (and via which process) will be based on legal requirements (such as copyright and donor restrictions), the physical condition, value and format of the records, and the technical limitations imposed by available copying processes.
Items which might not be copied include extremely brittle paper that cannot withstand physical manipulation, tightly bound volumes, material in rare books or fine bindings, oversize items which would require excessive manipulation to acquire a complete image, or scrapbook pages with partially-adhered items. Repeated copying, especially of photographic material, will be avoided.
Researchers should also recognize, that depending upon the volume and/or condition of the requested material, copying may not be immediately available, and may have to be forwarded upon completion. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.