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Programs & Services: Publications: Collection Guides: Sylvia Plath Papers

Information About Using Plath Manuscript Collection

The great interest in the Sylvia Plath manuscript collections, combined with a desire for security and respect for literary rights, has resulted in the formation of certain conditions pertaining to their use.

Only one diary or calendar (Plath mss. II, Box 7, f. 1-6) may be used at a time. All materials are to be kept in the order in which they are received. No items are to be removed or re-filed by the reader; if there appears to be some error in the order of materials, a note of it should be made and reported to the Desk Attendant. Further, only pencils are to be used for taking notes in the Reading Room.

According to the wishes of the copyright holder, copies of Plath manuscripts will be made only for "bona fide Plath scholars" and will be made only of poems, stories, or articles written for publication. No mass copying will be done, i.e. only selected items necessary for research will be copied. None of Plath's correspondence will be copied. Photographs, drawings and other art works will not be photocopied for readers. Photographic reproductions of art works may be made only with the permission of the Plath estate. Permission for publication must be secured from Faber and Faber, representatives of the Plath copyright holders.

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