Archives and Special Collections at the Wilson Library provides source materials of significant historical and/or research value that support teaching and learning at the University of La Verne. It collects items that are unique enough to require special handling, or that are rare because of their values, rarity, fragility, size, subject emphasis, form, or provenance. It is the responsibility of University Archivist to see that these items are protected, organized, marketed to potential patrons, and displayed in a responsible and scholarly manner. Furthermore, the University Archivist will maintain a reasonable compromise among use, preservation, and security at all times. The following guidelines are flexible, but provide a framework for maintaining the current collections and building on their strengths.
The primary responsibility of Archives and Special Collections is to the faculty, students, and staff at the University of La Verne, as well as to the City of La Verne and surrounding community. It also provides access to scholars from national and international institutions. The University Archivist will also exhibit documents and artifacts on the main campus of the University.
Special Collections in divided into three main areas:
Purchases and Acquisitions
Archives and Special Collections gladly receives gifts that they reflect its major areas of interest, or reflect the curriculum or research interests of University of La Verne faculty. Acquisitions will be made solely to build the strengths of Archives and Special Collections. Disposition of gift will become the responsibility of the University Archivist and the University Library Staff.
 The University Archivist will assess alumni publications on a case-by-case basis.
The University of La Verne encourages the use of all items online for fair use purposes such as teaching, research, and private study. For materials in which the University is identified as the owner of copyright, permission to use those materials for purposes other than personal research, teaching and scholarly work may be granted by the curator for the particular collection, identified below. Permission is not necessary for fair uses; Archives and Special Collections requests, however, that fair uses include an appropriate notice of copyright and attribution. Works of the government of the United States and, in general, works created before 1923 are in the public domain and permission is not required to make use of these works.
For materials that are not in the public domain and in which the University does not hold copyright, it is the responsibility of the patron to determine whether a particular use requires permission. The University may not make such determinations for the patron. Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright law specifically authorizes the use of works protected by copyright without permission for "purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching ..., scholarship or research."
Uses of materials that fall outside the scope of fair use may require the prior permission of the copyright owner who may also require payment of a fee or royalty. It is solely the patron's obligation to determine and ensure that use of material fully complies with copyright law and other possible restrictions on use. The holding repository will furnish what information it has, if any, regarding the owner of copyright and restrictions on the use of particular materials. The nature of archival materials may make it difficult, if not impossible, to identify the owner of copyright and restrictions on the use of some materials. The following resources may be helpful in determining if a particular use is fair and identifying the copyright owner and copyright status of a work:
How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work, U.S. Copyright Office
Duration of Copyright, U.S. Copyright Office
Checklist for Fair Use, Copyright Management Center, Indiana University / Purdue University, Indianapolis
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, Peter Hirtle, Cornell University
Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Works for Educational Use, Copyright Management Center, IU/PUI