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Bill, I've been there three or four times over the last year and many of your suppositions are correct. I would argue photography is much better and easier these days than photocopying. You need to get a pass to use a camera; this is a painless process and you simply attach the pass to the work lamp at the desk. You can set up a tripod or use the camera at any desk. As with photocopies, you'll need a declassification slip visible in any photos you take if you're working with declassified materials. The tricky thing I've wrestled with (along with many others I'm sure) is how natural light intrudes into the reading room. It is great for reading documents and not so much for photographing them. You want to try to get a desk (in my opinion) that will not be affected by the shifting position of the sun. The rows closest to the interior walls are probably best. Since flash is NOT permitted, you have to work with available light and the work lamps above each desk. If you just need them to be legible, there should be no problem. If you are reproducing them for some other purpose (presenting them for example), you'll want to plan where you sit accordingly. Good luck! Let us know if you come up with any secrets to taking the perfect archival photos. Best, John Stoner Department of History University of Pittsburgh email@example.com --