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The Purdue Archives and Special Collections welcomes the inclusion of
collections in film, television, Internet and social media productions;
however, the Archives reserves the right to refuse permission to film or
photograph its collections. As an academic research library our first
priority is to provide collection access and instruction to student and
scholarly researchers and to ensure the preservation of the unique and
irreplaceable materials in our collections. To protect our collections
from damage during filming and photography sessions, the Purdue
University Libraries Archives and Special Collections requires
observance of the following policies and guidelines.
Requests for filming and professional on-site photography must be made
at least two weeks in advance. More advance notice may be required for
sessions involving large numbers of items, special preparation, or when
personnel or facilities are unavailable to meet the terms of the
A list of persons that will be present for the filming is required in
advance. The Purdue Archives and Special Collections will not be
responsible fiscally or otherwise for any inconvenience or liability to
the schedule, deadlines, or obligations of camera and filming crews.
A Purdue Archives and Special Collections staff member will attend
filming and photography sessions. The crew should stay with the staff
member at all times. Due to limited staffing resources, all film or
photography sessions will be limited to 2 hours.
All filming requests related to Neil Armstrong must first obtain
permissions and licensing from CMG Worldwide. The contact is Azadeh
310-651-2000, extension 17.
Filming is only permitted in the public spaces of the Purdue Archives.
No filming in closed storage areas is allowed. Times for filming may be
limited to avoid disruption to researchers’ quiet study. The Archives is
open for research Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 4:30. Scheduling filming
between 8:00 – 10:00 (before public hours) is preferred. All filming
must be completed before 4:30 PM.
Filming building exteriors and other university locations and grounds is
allowed; however, permission and registration is required. For
permission contact Emily Blue at Purdue Marketing & Media:
Purdue University is a smoke free campus and smoking is only permitted
in designated areas away from campus buildings. All building security,
inspection, clearance and safety procedures must be followed.
All crew members are required to register at the Archives, and will be
provided a visitor pass that they must wear at all times during the
session. Crew members are required to adhere to all patron guidelines.
No food, chewing gum, candy, drinks, pens, markers or other items that
can cause damage to collections are allowed in the Archives and Special
Only approved Archives and Special Collections staff will handle and
position collection items during filming/photography sessions.
Collection materials may not be used as props, stands, or supports for
other items, nor may they be positioned in such a way as to cause
potential or real stress or damage. Documents must not be marked in any
way, including use of sticky notes or other adhesives.
You are responsible for identifying the materials you wish to request to
film. The Archives cannot conduct research on your behalf beyond the
typical orientation to collections provided to all patrons.
Requests for items to film must include the collection name, box number,
folder number, and item title or description. Requests must be submitted
at least two weeks before filming. Staffing limitations prohibit
retrieval of additional items on the day of filming. It is only feasible
for staff to safely handle up to 5 documents within one hours’ filming
time. Please keep this in mind and prioritize the items you would like
to film first.
Photographers/filmmakers will secure permission from researchers, staff,
and/or members of the public prior to photographing/filming them or
disseminating images of individuals in the location.
Every effort will be made to reduce noise that may disrupt researchers’
quiet study in the Archives. Cell phones should be turned off or set to
vibration mode, and voices should be kept at low volumes.
All apparatus and equipment proposed for filming is subject to approval
by Purdue Archives and Special Collections. All equipment bags and other
containers must be placed into provided lockers.
Lamps must not raise the surface temperature of collection materials or
the room environment beyond levels appropriate to the safety of
collection materials. Maximum duration of continuous lighting will be
determined by Archives and Special Collections staff.
Because of the risks of high temperature, UV exposure, and light
intensity to the stability of collections, quartz and mercury lamps are
not permitted. All lamps must have wire screening shields. Lamps should
be turned off when not in use. No lights or equipment may be clamped to
any fixed furnishings. Should power overloads or other malfunction
result in erratic electrical behavior, blown building fuses, overheating
cables, or other potential danger, the session will be terminated
The Purdue Archives reserves the right to mention the filming session,
including the subject matter, in social media the day before, during, or
after the program airs or premiers. The film company/producer agrees to
accept that a photograph can be taken by the Archives at the time of
filming for such use.
A credit line will accompany each still photograph or film, as follows:
Courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special
Collections. A final copy of the photographs/film or related product
will be provided, at no charge, to Archives and Special Collections.
Requestors for filming and professional on-site photography must sign
and return a copy of these policies to Purdue Archives and Special
Collections. A downloadable PDF of the agreement is available at