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Publishing and commercial use

To apply for permission to publish Special Collections items, please complete the form which can be downloaded below. There is also a separate form for permissions for the original drawings of the Nuclear Disarmament Symbol. 

If the rights in the material you wish to use are not held or managed by Special Collections, you will also need to contact the rights holder.  Find out more on the Special Collections copyright web page. We recommend you allow at least six weeks to obtain permission, especially when rights are held by third parties.

Special Collections supports open access and re-use of our material wherever possible. We publish our archive catalogues and other materials online using Creative Commons licences to encourage the sharing of such material.

Please contact the University Archivist if you have any queries about publishing or commercial use of our collections. We are always interested to hear about publications that have resulted from your use of Special Collections.

Special Collections Publication Pack

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

Nuclear Disarmament Symbol Publication Pack

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

Citing Special Collections documents

Accurate citation of research materials demonstrates the quality of your research and allows others to trace your sources. It also ensures you avoid plagiarism. You will need to follow the referencing style required by your faculty, university or publisher.

Books, journals and other published materials in Special Collections are cited in the same way as other published materials: their location in Special Collections is not relevant to the citation.

However the location of an archival document in a collection and an institution is an intrinsic part of its intellectual value and essential to ensure accurate citation. When citing our archives, please make sure you include the information included for this example.

  • Detail of the institution: University of Bradford, JB Priestley Library, Special Collections.
  • Full archive reference: PRI 13/1.
  • Description: Letter from J.B. Priestley to Amy Priestley, his step-mother, 5 January 1928.

The order and layout of this information in your citation will depend on the referencing style you are using.