Consider this paragraph:

At present many members of the [Williams] administration and many students are endeavoring to find a remedy for the condition of “intellectual apathy,” which, in their opinion, exists on campus, and they are also attempting to find a means of correcting for the “weakness” in our present [housing] system. An intelligent approach to these problems requires that there be some knowledge of the attitudes which [students have] brought to Williams concerning these problems. Also, it is of value to know which of the above types of attitudes tend to be crystalized. It is hoped by the author that the results of this study provide some of this information.

1) The source is a study available from the Williams library. (I will provide full citation information later.) For now, I will not reveal the author of the study or its date. It may have been written by a student, professor, administrator or alumnus.

2) Nothing in the document itself requests/requires that readers get permission before using/quoting it.

3) Nothing in the more general policies of the Williams library requires that readers get permission before using/quoting it.

Given that, would anyone reject to me using this document as the source for a series of blog posts? It is fascinating stuff and would be if interest to the EphBlog community.

If you do object, then what is the basis for distinguishing this document from the hundreds of other unpublished works that are in the Williams library? Should I avoid quoting from all of them?

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