Permission to Publish

Before images from the collections of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library may be reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from both the Hargrett Library and (if applicable) the holder of the copyright. Permission to quote from manuscripts and records is granted freely and non-exclusively.


Materials for Personal Use (no permission needed)

You will not have to seek permission to publish if the purpose of your work falls under one of the following:

  • Non-profit educational purposes (such as a class paper, research, multiple copies for classroom use by a teacher).
  • For purposes such as criticism, comment, and news reporting.


Other Uses of Hargrett Library Materials (permission necessary)

If you wish to use any Hargrett Library images (whole or in part) for publication in electronic or any other form, including all of the uses below, you must obtain the specific written permission of both the owner of the physical property (Hargrett Library) and the holder of the copyright. Following is a list of uses for which you will need to seek permssion to publish:

  • Public display in any form of electronic or hard copy (excluding teachers wishing to use material inside their classroom).
  • Publication in any form of hard copy (book, periodical, partwork). This includes dissertations to be microfilmed and distributed by University Microfilms.
  • Publication in any electronic form, whether modified or not.
  • Use in television, video or film.
  • Duplication in any networked or public site, or in a virtual library. (You may incorporate the URL for an image, not the image itself, without seeking permission to publish).


Copyright Law - How long is something in copyright?

See Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States from Cornell University.