Copyright & Access Restrictions

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 and by 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 Restrictions

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Some of the collections held by Archives & Special Collections may have restrictions on access. Collections may be restricted based on confidentiality, copyright, condition, federal law, or by donor request. Patrons requesting access to restricted materials must contact the person or agency imposing the restriction. Access to restricted collections cannot be granted without written authority.