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Guide to Digital Research in Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books: Reproductions and Permissions

How to conduct manuscripts, archives, and rare books research using the online resources of The New York Public Library

Reproductions and Permissions

It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine if the material they wish to publish or disseminate is under copyright and to obtain permission from the rights holders to reproduce when necessary. Staff is available for questions regarding potential rights holders and risks in publishing for specific documents and uses.

Many digitized images on the Digital Collections site are in the public domain, meaning they have no copyright restrictions.  For more guidance on how to search for and recognize these images, see the video embedded within this blog post.

Copyright Resources

These resources may be helpful when you are evaluating the copyright status of a particular document: