Rights and Reproductions
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives permits the use of digital and photographic reproductions of its collection materials according to applicable rights and restrictions. Individuals or organizations that would like to obtain a reproduction for commercial use must first obtain permission from the Archives unless otherwise indicated on this website.
Gerber/Hart permits and encourages personal and educational use of unrestricted collection documents, images, audio, and video material. This permission includes the taking of non-flash digital photography for personal use or further research during your visit. If you would like, we would love to hear how our collections have helped in your research and projects, so please contact us to let us know.
Use of the Archives’ images, audio, and video materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires written permission and licensing from Gerber/Hart. Licensing fees apply in addition to any digitization, duplication, and delivery fees. To request licensing authorization, fill out our Reproduction Request Form.
Use of any restricted images, audio, and video collections material requires special written authorization from the Archives and may also require authorization from other parties depending on the material.
Copyright, Rights, and Restrictions
Gerber/Hart archival and special collections are obtained from may sources and are intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not governed by the institution. Permission for use will be granted only to the extent of Gerber/Hart’s ownership of the rights relating to your particular interest. The responsibility for ascertaining whether any additional rights exist, and for obtaining all necessary permissions, remains with the researcher.
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts
- Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
- How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work
- U.S. Copyright Office Public database
“No Known Restrictions”
The phrase “no known restrictions” means that Gerber/Hart has determined, to the best of its ability based on available information, that the content is unlikely to be protected by copyright interests and, in all likelihood, is in the public domain. However, copyright is often difficult to determine with certainty, so the phrase is intended to say the we are unaware of any copyright restriction, but such restrictions may still exist. In addition, even if the content is unrestricted from a copyright standpoint, there may be other considerations that would limit your use, such as rights of privacy or publicity of the individuals featured in images, audio, or video, or contractual restrictions.