The Archives and Library staff are pleased to provide reference assistance both in person and from a distance. We cannot undertake extensive research due to our limited staffing; however, we will provide information on the scope and subject of our holdings. The time it takes to complete a reference request depends upon the volume and complexity of the requests we receive, as well as the nature of each relevant collection.

The Amistad Staff replies to requests in the order received, regardless of whether it is via telephone, fax, letter, or e-mail. We strive to complete each request within seven days.


Amistad is a closed-stack, non-circulating research facility. Therefore, all visiting researchers are required to provide a valid photo ID and complete a Researcher Registration Form when they arrive. As some collections are not yet accessible or are stored at an offsite facility, researchers are encouraged to contact the Reference staff prior to visiting the Center in order to communicate their research needs. The Reference Department may be contacted at (504) 862-3222 or via email at


Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” Researchers interested in requesting reproductions of material from Amistad’s archival and printed collections should familiarize themselves and use policies and forms listed below. Questions regarding duplication of material should be addressed to the Director of Library and Reference Services.


Permission to publish materials from the collections of Amistad may be requested by making written application to the Director of Library and Reference Services, using the following forms: 

In addition, application to quote from works by Countée Cullen may be requested using the following form:  Application for Use for Works by Countée Cullen.

Except for those materials still under copyright and a select number of archival collections, there is no fee for the use of quotations or for citing materials from the collection. However, the Permission to Publish form must still be completed. Amistad maintains a policy to charge a fee for the publication of each original image derived from its collections. Permissions fees are separate from all photo duplication costs. Fees for the publication of a large number of items may be negotiated. Amistad's Preferred Citation Format guidelines can be downloaded by clicking here.

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