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Semans family papers, 1878-2008 and undated

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Access to the materials will be consistent with the 1991 agreement between the Library, James H. Semans and Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. Access to any correspondence, legal papers, and financial papers is restricted and will be permitted only with prior written permission. Written permission should be sought from the chairperson of the board of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. This restriction shall be in place until January 1, 2027 and after that date all materials shall be considered open for research and will not require any prior permissions.


The copyright interests in the papers of the Semans family have not been transferred to Duke University.

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[Identification of item], Semans family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.