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Historical Records Statement

Materials and records in the Archives & Special Collections are historical in nature. They may contain stereotypes, such as those related to race, ethnicity, and gender, and other language and imagery that are inappropriate by today's standards. Materials and records are retained in order to fully represent the historical record and are presented in their original format, without context, for research in person or through online access. The materials and records are made accessible without endorsing any historical viewpoints. Archives & Special Collections is guided by their mission, the diversity mission statement of the University Libraries, the core values and beliefs on diversity and inclusion of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and the core values of the Society of American Archivists.


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The material within the Archives & Special Collections is protected under the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code).

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Securing copyright clearance, permission to publish or reproduce materials from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln is the responsibility of the patron, who assumes all responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights belonging to the author, the author's heirs or assigns, and for obtaining all necessary permissions from the author, heirs or assigns.

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is not the owner of literary rights or copyright unless such rights have been specifically granted by the author or donor, or their heirs or assigns. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln does not assume any legal responsibility for any infringement of literary, copyright or publication rights belonging to the author, heirs or assigns.

In granting permission to publish materials held in the Archives & Special Collections, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln does not surrender its own right to thereafter publish materials or grant others permission to publish it.

Patrons are requested to use the preferred citation that designates the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, as the repository for any material used in a published work.

Access Guidelines

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Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, financial and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available above.