The College of Charleston Libraries are committed to supporting research, teaching, scholarship, publication, and artistic production involving use of Special Collections materials. To remove barriers to such uses, it is not necessary to seek the Library’s permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials from its collections. This applies whether your use is non-commercial or commercial.
To request a scan of an item for publication, please complete and submit this form. Please note that we reserve the right to postpone or refuse a request due to limitations in resources or if the material is restricted by content or physical condition. Digitization and handling fees may apply. Please note that we reserve up to three weeks to complete requests.
The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
The Library’s consent as the owner of the rare original materials does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user or recipient of copies of Special Collections materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to any distribution or publication. If the text or image in question is under copyright, permission to publish must be sought from the owners of the rights, typically the creator or the heirs to his or her estate unless covered by the principle of “fair use.” Copyright law protects unpublished as well as published materials.
Any use of Special Collections materials is subject to the user or recipient’s agreement to indemnify and hold harmless the College of Charleston, its officers, employees and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions and expenses. By your use of these materials, you agree to these responsibilities, including the noted legal protections of the College of Charleston.
For assistance in determining if the material is under copyright or in the public domain, please see Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm