Access to the Sally Fantle Archival Research Center
The National Music Museum allows access to its collections, staff
expertise, and resources by visiting scholars, qualified students, and
musicians, including the reproduction of limited amounts of archival material and music (no
longer covered by U.S. copyright laws, to be used for performances by
individuals or organizations on a non-profit basis). In order to make
this service available, the following guidelines have been established:
Persons needing to utilize the NMM's Sally Fantle Archival Research Center (SFARC) to look at instrument files, archives, music, or sound recordings may do so on weekdays, but must make
an appointment in advance. Please submit a completed "Request for Permission to Conduct Research at the NMM," on which you will state your credentials and
purpose in writing, and await confirmation, before coming to the NMM.
Appointments must be made at least two weeks before the
visit. This allows time for staff scheduling and instruments to be
moved, if necessary.
Only a small number of people can be accomodated at one time in the
SFARC. Please do not bring unexpected guests.
allowed in the SFARC.
Graduate students who need to utilize the SFARC for
substantial research projects must register for an appropriate number of
hours (a minimum of two semester hours) or MUS 795, Project Seminar
(independent studies) during the semester (or one summer session) in which
they plan to use the SFARC, even though they may be on campus for only a
portion of that semester.
Scholars who need to utilize the SFARC for substantial
research projects supported by a grant, whether those funds are provided
by their own institution, a private foundation, a government source such
as the National Endowment for the Arts, or whatever, must make provision
in the proposal for reimbursing the NMM for its contribution of staff
time, work space, equipment, and so on.
Whenever possible, the NMM will reproduce music
from its collections, no longer covered by U.S. copyright laws, for
performance by qualified individuals or organizations on a non-profit
basis. Minimal charges are necessary
for written requests for specific compositions to cover retrieval,
reproduction, postage and handling. Only a limited number of such
requests will be accepted on this basis from any one individual
or institution. Requests should clearly state the title, composer,
genre, and for what, specifically, the music is to be used.
When performed, the program notes must indicate that the composition(s)
is provided courtesy of the National Music Museum, Vermillion,
South Dakota. For further information, consult the NMM's Conditions for Access to Digital Images and the
Reproduction of Music and Archival Materials.
Requests which involve staff time for research,
as opposed to the above service (which involves only the reproduction
of specific compositions), can not be handled unless specific written
arrangements are made to reimburse the NMM for staff time. For
additional information, consult Inquiries about the NMM's Collections and Archives.
The NMM's archival collections are
not available for circulation or Interlibrary Loan.
Short excerpts (up to 50 pages) from printed materials will be photocopied,
at the rates cited on the NMM's fee
schedule, if a specific title, volume, year, and page reference
is provided. Likewise, short excerpts (up to 30 pages) from materials in the NMM Archives may be scanned. Researchers should print and complete a Request for Copies of Archival Materials (Other than Photographs) Form (PDF file), detailing your request. The NMM does not accept telephone orders for copies of archival materials. The NMM will contact you about the status of your request and associated fees. The NMM reserves the right to restrict or deny the
photocopying or scanning of rare and fragile materials.
Requests for the reproduction of other materials,
such as photographs or sound recordings, will be answered on an
individual basis, generally within the same concept as that for
music. For further information, consult Access and Fees for Use of the NMM's
Collections and Archives.
Utilization of the SFARC for educational purposes is strongly
encouraged, but utilization of the SFARC for commercial purposes and/or
for personal gain, without specific written permission of the Director of
the NMM, is forbidden.
- Researchers should acquaint themselves with the following document prior to their visit: Guidelines for Patrons Using the Library and/or the Sally Fantle Archival Research Center at the NMM.
These regulations are subject to change at the discretion of the
Director of the NMM.
National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069