Help with Copyright

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Tufts Archival Research Center (TARC) provides use copies of materials to facilitate private study, scholarship, and research. We welcome you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law. Please cite us.

Credit line: Tufts Archival Research Center, Tufts University.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a researcher uses a reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that researcher may be liable for copyright infringement.

Bostonian Society Images

Tufts University does not hold copyright to the images from the Bostonian Society. See here for more information.

Edward R. Murrow papers

Tufts University does not hold copyright to materials in the Edward R. Murrow papers. See here for more information.

Use, Copyright, and Attribution

TARC welcomes you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law. Please cite us.

Materials held by TARC may be protected by United States Copyright Law and/or by the copyright laws of other countries. Copyright law protects unpublished as well as published materials. TARC does not claim to control the rights for reproduction for all materials or images in its collections. Certain images or materials may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, or other interests not owned by Tufts University. If Tufts University does not clearly hold the copyright to an item, TARC cannot grant or deny permission to use that material. In obtaining a reproduction from TARC, you assume all responsibility for determining whether any permissions relating to copyright, privacy, publicity, trademark, or any other rights are necessary for your intended use, and for obtaining all required permissions.

Written permission from the copyright holders and/or other rights holders is required for publication, distribution, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use.

TARC will not do research concerning the existence and/or whereabouts of rights holders. To the extent that we provide available information, TARC does not warranty the accuracy of such information and shall not be responsible for any inaccurate information. TARC will not facilitate or execute requests for permission.

The Society of American Archivists provides further guidance about using copyrighted and unpublished materials. The U.S. Copyright Office provides information about How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work. When you cannot identify or locate the current copyright owner of a copyrighted work, the copyrighted material is sometimes called an “orphan work.” Columbia University Libraries and the Society of American Archivists also provide advice about documenting searches for copyright owners and using orphan works.

When you use material, you must properly acknowledge TARC as the source of the material.

You also must not use the name of TARC or Tufts University in any manner which creates any false association between you and the image, materials, TARC or Tufts University, or that incorrectly implies any sponsorship or endorsement by TARC, Tufts University, or any third-party rights holder.

We appreciate receiving a copy of any published work that features our material.

If you have any more information about an item you’ve seen on our website or if you are the copyright owner and believe our website has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please contact with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

Privacy and Publicity Rights

You are solely responsible for addressing issues of privacy and publicity rights relating to your use of our materials. The rights of privacy and publicity are distinct from copyright. Although fair use is a defense to copyright infringement, it is not a defense to violating privacy or publicity rights.

Please see our Takedown Protocol for Sensitive Information in Tufts Archival Research Center.


In receiving a reproduction from our holdings, you assume all responsibility for infringement of copyright or other rights in your use of the material. You must agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless TARC, Tufts University and its Trustees, officers, agents, and employees, from and against any and all liabilities, losses, demand, penalties, costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees, lawsuits, fines, judgments, or causes of actions, including but not limited to claims relating to infringement of copyright, trademark, invasion of rights of privacy or publicity, or libel that arise either directly or indirectly from any use by the requestor of the images and/or materials provided by TARC, the Tufts University, or its employees, Trustees, or agents.