Using Images from Schlesinger Collections
Permission to Publish
- The Schlesinger Library’s permission is no longer required in order to publish or otherwise use images from the collections when the image is in the public domain or when the Schlesinger does not administer the copyright for the image. It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain any necessary copyright permissions.
- When the Schlesinger Library is the copyright holder of the image (as for example, with Paul Child’s photographs in the Julia Child Papers) Ask a Schlesinger Librarian to request permission to use the image.
- The Schlesinger does not charge any fees for use of images. There are fees for ordering reproductions of images.
- Please always credit the library as the source of the original image. Credit Line: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
In most cases, the Schlesinger Library does not hold the copyright for images in the collections.
If researchers wish to publish, reproduce, or otherwise make any use of an image in the Schlesinger Library’s collections that requires permission from the copyright holder(s) of the image, it is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain all such permissions.
Identifying the Rights Holder
For photographs, copyright is often retained by the photographer.
- There may be a photographer's stamp or other credit information on the front or back of the photograph. If the image has been digitized in VIA or HOLLIS, any credit information from the photograph will be noted in the catalog record.
- You can also check other sources, such as publications which might include the photo and have additional credit information.
- The Schlesinger keeps contact information for photographers and other copyright holders on file from past rights research. Please Ask a Schlesinger Librarian for more information.
Useful Links for Copyright & Fair Use Information
- Harvard Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
Provides more information on Harvard's copyright policies.
- Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office
General information on seeking copyright permissions as well as a helpful guide on what to do when you are not able to locate the rights holder.
- Cornell Copyright Information Center
Helpful chart on Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States.
- Creative Commons Best Practices for Attribution How to credit CC-licensed material with examples from incorrect to ideal.
- Getty Research Institute
Copyright Research Guide includes resources specifically on researching copyright of images.
Ordering Reproductions for Publication
To request high-resolution scans please contact us via Ask a Schlesinger Librarian . Include a description of the item and the location (call number and folder, or photo number from VIA). If you want to order low-resolution scans for research purposes please use the Personal or Scholarly Use Order Form
- Publication-quality digital copies (300 ppi Tiff files) of existing digital images in the online catalogs can be provided by Harvard's Imaging Services studio. The cost is $20 per 1-10 image files, plus a $10 fee per 15 files for electronic delivery.
- Standard turn-around time on orders is 15 business days from receipt of payment. Rush orders may be available for an additional fee depending on availability. See the Imaging Services web site for more information.
- To request reproductions of material that is not yet digitized, please contact us via Ask a Schlesinger Librarian and include a complete description and location (collection, box and folder number) of the item that you would like digitized.
- Generally, digitization is $20 per image, with additional fees for fragile, oversized, or bound material. There is a delivery fee ($10 per 15 image files) and there may be additional handling fees for large orders.
- Turn-around time is about 4-5 weeks from receipt of payment. Rush orders may be available for an additional fee depending on availability. See the Imaging Services web site for more information.