Accessing The Zuckerberg Files

The Zuckerberg Files is hosted at Marquette University’s digital Institutional Repository, and consists of two separate digital collections. The “Zuckerberg Transcripts” collection includes full-text transcriptions of all the content in the digital archive. The “Zuckerberg Videos” collection represents a subset of the larger collection with archived MP4 video files documenting Zuckerberg’s appearances.

The full bibliographic and metadata for The Zuckerberg Files are freely available to the public, including valid URLs to the original source material. Access to the full-text transcripts and archived video files has been password-protected in adherence to the “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication“, which states:

Communication scholars often make private copies of individual copyrighted works that are the objects of scholarly inquiry to enable or facilitate their research, and they sometimes maintain organized research collections of copyrighted material for an indefinite period as their research interests evolve. In this, they are doing what scholars across disciplines do: make private archival collections of primary data to refer back to as their research interests develop.

…Scholars who wish to open their collections of archived material to others should adopt policies appropriate to the medium, aimed at limiting access to scholars doing research in the relevant area and establishing appropriate limitations on the purposes to which the materials will be put.

Those wishing to gain access to the full archive must submit the following form for approval:

  • I have submitted a truthful statement of the research project or other purpose for which access is being requested.
  • I will use The Zuckerberg Files only for the purposes expressed in my statement, and access may be terminated at any time for any reason.
  • I will not reproduce or share the content archived in The Zuckerberg Files except as necessary for scholarly or reporting purposes, and as allowed under the appropriate copyright laws.
  • I will make appropriate acknowledgment of The Zuckerberg Files and its curators in any publications, presentations, or similar output.
  • The curators of The Zuckerberg Files make no warranties, express or implied, by operation law or otherwise, regarding or relating to the archive.