Accessing the Online Collection
Much of the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection is freely available through the University of Virginia Library’s online catalog. Researchers can search the collection finding aid using keywords and facets to find specific materials or browse the digital collection like they would with the original materials in an archive’s reading room.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about the online collection, if you need any additional help please contact Historical Collections & Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.
When I pull up a record in the online collection it is not accompanied by an image of the item or a transcript. Where are the image and transcript?
Not all of the items in the collection have been digitized and made available online. Roughly one-third of the materials in the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection can only be seen in-person at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. We have included the records for non-digitized items in the online finding aid to facilitate access to the non-digitized materials.
Does the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library plan to digitize the entire Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection?
There are no plans at this time to digitize the entire collection. Digitization is costly and at this time we do not have the resources to make the rest of the collection available online.
Can researchers request copies of materials that have not been made available online?
It depends. The Historical Collections staff at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is small and cannot accommodate requests to copy a large amount of material. Staff may agree to provide copies of a few documents to researchers, but staff are free to deny requests for copies if they do not have the time to make them. We encourage our patrons to view the non-digitized items in person at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library or hire the services of a researcher to do so for them.
Can I reproduce images from the collection online or in a publication?
Again, it depends. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library does not own the intellectual rights to most of the materials in the collection and cannot grant reproduction rights for those items. However, much of the material is in the public domain and is no longer subject to copyright law. Also, many of the materials may be reproduced for various reasons related to research and education under the Fair Use doctrine of U.S. Copyright law. It is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to determine if an item is in the public domain or whether it can be reused under the Fair Use doctrine. If you need help determining if an item can be republished or reused without permission, please contact Historical Collections & Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.
I noticed that the images that can be downloaded online are lower resolution JPEGs image files. Does the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library provide copies of higher resolution TIFF images upon request?
Yes. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library has higher resolution preservation copies of most of the images seen in the online collection. We can fulfill small requests for copies of a few items at a time, but we do reserve the right to deny any request.
I found several errors in the online collection and finding aid. How can I help the Health Sciences Library fix these mistakes?
Report any errors you may find in the online collection to Historical Collections & Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. We will review your report and confirm that there is an error and take action, if necessary, to correct it.