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Requesting Copies from Schlesinger Library


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.

In most cases, the Schlesinger Library does not hold the copyright for images in the collections. For photographs, copyright is often retained by the photographer. It is the nature of historical collections that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. 

Identifying the Rights Holder

  • 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 HOLLIS Images, 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 image 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.

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