Reproduction Policies

The collection is open and available for research. Access to some materials may be limited from time to time at the discretion of The Maurice Sendak Foundation and Archives & Special Collections staff.

Permission to Publish

The Maurice Sendak Collection is hosted and maintained at the University of Connecticut under an agreement between The Maurice Sendak Foundation and Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Maurice Sendak Collection is open and available for research to scholars, students, and the public in accordance with Archives & Special Collection’s guidelines and policies. Access to and use of materials is not an authorization to publish from them. To obtain permission for publication or reproduction, contact The Maurice Sendak Foundation. For questions regarding access to and use of the collection, contact the Project Archivist for the Maurice Sendak Collection.

Reproduction Policy

Reproductions from The Maurice Sendak Collection are made on a case-by-case basis, and are made available for one-time use for research, teaching, and private study. Permission to publish must be requested from copyright holders, including The Maurice Sendak Foundation, HarperCollins, and Warner Bros. Contact information for these and other copyright holders can be found on the Contact page.  Users assume full responsibility for any legal questions that may arise as a result of use of reproductions.

Archives & Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to reproduce materials from The Maurice Sendak Collection if materials might be damaged by the reproduction process, if the intellectual integrity of the collection will be jeopardized, or if reproduction is restricted by United States Copyright Law or by donor agreement.

To request reproductions, complete and submit the Reproduction Request Form, including a description of the item(s) and the service you are requesting. Please do not send payment in advance. Archives & Special Collections staff will review your order and then send you an invoice with payment instructions after the completion of services.

Commercial Use: Commercial use of reproductions of The Maurice Sendak Collection is subject to written approval. Permission to use reproductions must be obtained in advance and in writing from The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Self-Service Photography

Final drawing for I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue by Ruth Krauss (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956) 14:2, The Maurice Sendak Collection. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Onsite users of The Maurice Sendak Collection are encouraged to use their own cameras or camera phones to make reference copies of original material when condition, format, and legal status allows. The following policies apply:

  • Items to be copied must first be inspected and approved by research room staff.
  • Personal cameras and tripods must be reviewed and approved by staff before being permitted in the reading room. These may not be stored overnight in the reading room or in lockers. 
  • Careful handling of materials is required, such as not exerting excessive pressure or attempting to flatten curled or brittle materials.
  • Researchers must use existing light to photograph materials, unless using the copy stand. Flash use is not allowed.
  • Researchers may not stand on chairs or stand or sit on tables.
  • Materials cannot be placed on the walls or floor.
  • Researchers are responsible for obtaining clearance to use copyrighted or other restricted items.