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Publishing Historical & Special Collections Material

Researchers are not required to request permission from Historical & Special Collections (HSC) at the Harvard Law School Library to quote from or publish images, for commercial or non-commercial use, for the types of material listed below, nor does it charge fees for such activities. This includes:

• Published material (books, broadsides, woodcuts, engravings, etc.)
• Paintings and drawings
• Unpublished material (Medieval manuscripts, deeds, and all manuscripts prior to 1850)

The vast majority of material in HSC is either in the public domain or under copyrights not controlled by HSC. If researchers wish to quote, publish, perform, reproduce or otherwise make any use of an item in HSC’s collections that requires permission from the copyright holder(s) of the item, it is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain all such permissions.

Copyright and Permissions Restrictions

Modern Manuscripts

Permission to quote, publish, perform, reproduce, or otherwise make any use of manuscripts dating from 1850 to the present must be obtained from the Curator of Modern Manuscripts, Harvard Law School Library, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. Appropriate forms and advice about citation may be obtained from:

Edwin Moloy, Curator of Modern Manuscripts
emoloy@law.harvard.edu

Researchers are reminded that permission must be obtained from the holder(s) of any copyright, except in the cases of collections for which the Library holds copyright (formerly called literary property rights).

Photographs

The following photographers maintain copyright of their images. Please contact them directly to request permission. HSC will not provide reproduction services for publication of images by these photographers without advance permission from the copyright holder. For all other photographs in the collection, it is the researcher’s responsibility to determine copyright and obtain the necessary permissions.

Atlantic Photo Service
Fabian Bachrach
Fay Foto Service
Pach Bros.
Martin Paul

Citation-Credit Information

As a courtesy to HSC and to enable others to identify and locate information about its collections, researchers should include a full citation and the following credit when quoting or using images from the collection:

Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library

Citation Examples:

Early Manuscripts

  • Agarde, Arthur, Extracts from the plea rolls, HLS MS 1184, p. 298, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.
  • Aspinwall, John, Treatise on Forest Law, HLS MS 102, fols. 14-21, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.
  • Magna carta cum statutis, HLS MS 10, fol. 25r, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.

English Deeds Collection

  • Quitclaim by John Lenew, Colchester, Essex, 10 May 1408, Deed 125, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.

Books

  • Fenestella, Lucius, De Romanorum magistratibus [Florence: Libri, ca. 1492] fol. a2v, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.
  • Decio, Filippo, Subtilis et utilis lectura domini Philippi Decii sive de Dexio Mediolanensis super secunda codicis (Lyon: Myt, 1514), fol. xiir, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.
  • Du Pin, Louis Ellies, Memoires historiques pour servir a l'histoire des Inquisitions (Cologne: Slebus, 1716) v. 1, p. 15, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library.

Visual Materials

When known, please include the record identifier, which begins with “olvwork”

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., by Charles Sydney Hopkinson, 1929, Record ID: olvwork395493, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library
  • Sir David Maxwell Fyfe and Justice Robert H. Jackson, by United States Army Signal Corps, 12 November 1945, Record ID: olvwork373963, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library

Contact Us
If you have further questions about publishing material or need help with your citation please contact us.

If you are a copyright owner who is not properly identified please let us know so that we may provide appropriate information to researchers in the future.

specialc@law.harvard.edu
617.495.4550

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