MHS COPYRIGHT AND USE INFORMATION
All material on the Minnesota Historical Society World Wide Web Pages is copyrighted by the Minnesota Historical Society unless otherwise indicated. It is for the personal use of students, scholars, and the public. Copying or redistribution for commercial gain without permission of the Minnesota Historical Society is prohibited.
The nature of historical archival collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult to determine. Whenever possible, the Minnesota Historical Society provides information about copyright owners and other restrictions in the catalog records, finding aids, and donor records. The Society provides such information as a service to aid patrons in determining the appropriate use of an item, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the patron.
Images reproduced from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society are for viewing and personal use only. Permission for commercial use or any publication, manipulation, display or distribution is only granted by written application to the Minnesota Historical Society. Permission and copies of images in Collections Online which have an add to order button should be purchased through that store.
Permission and license to use other image reproductions not found in Collections Online is granted via a Request for Permission form and will involve a use fee for commercial use.
Conditions of Use When Receiving Written Permission from the Minnesota Historical Society
- Credit must be given
to the Minnesota Historical Society and the creator of
- The format of the
credit line is indicated on the permission form. Credit
lines must appear with the image or on a credit
page indicating the page number and location on the page
for each work. Films, videotapes and slide shows may
use a credit section at the beginning or end to give
to the Minnesota Historical Society. For web site use,
should appear either next to or directly below the image.
- Permission to reproduce,
publish, broadcast or display a Society photograph must
be requested in writing on
The request should include the title, author, publishing
year, name of publishing company or organization responsible,
and the catalog number, locator or negative number
of the work. Possession of a Society photograph does
permission to use it.
- In some cases the
Society will request that a copy of the publication be
donated to the Society.
- If the copyright
is still in effect, the publisher must seek permission
from the creator of the work
The Minnesota Historical Society will provide the
name, if known.
- Permission is for
one-time use only. The Society retains all rights to
the works and they must not
be used for
any purpose other than that listed on this permission
Photographs may be cropped to suit design and layout, but they may not be altered or drawn upon so that they look in any way different from the way they appear in the historical collection.
- The Society reserves
the right to refuse to grant permission and/or provide
publishers and individuals who have not complied
with its policies.
- The Minnesota Historical Society reserves the
right to decline to reproduce fragile items
or for inappropriate
- Commercial users
(for-profit corporations or individuals) must pay the
use fee in advance
of receiving the
duly signed permission form.
- Due to the Federal Copyright Law, Copy Services is not able to make photographic prints of photographs from books published less than 100 years ago.
Permission Can be Granted for the Following Types of Use:
- Book Publishing (trade books, text books, self-published books)
- Broadcast (television, radio)
- Brochure or Pamphlet
- Decorative Display
- Magazine or Journal
- Slide Show
- Videotape or Videodisc
- Web Site