Conditions of Use
Special Collections provides online and in-person access to resources and materials that support research, teaching, and private study. Special Collections owns the majority of its unpublished analog and digital collections, as well as the copyright. Due to donor agreements and privacy issues, there are some exceptions. Whenever possible, restrictions on use or access, permission issues, or copyright concerns are noted in finding aids, catalog records, or other descriptions and Special Collections should be contacted for additional information. In general, the majority of collections are open for personal, research, and educational purposes with proper attribution--excluding publication, exhibition, and web distribution. Use of all materials, digital or analog, for publication, public exhibition, or web distribution, requires permission from Special Collections. If you are unsure about copyright, access, or use of materials, please contact Special Collections staff for assistance.
By using these resources and materials, you agree to follow these conditions of use:
- These resources and materials may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior written permission from Special Collections or the copyright holder.
- These resources and materials may not be downloaded in order to mount them on another server for public use, or for a use by a set of subscribers.
- Institutions may link to the resources and materials of Special Collections, subject to these conditions of use.
- Any permission given to reproduce these resources and materials is non-exclusive.
Conditions Governing Use of Materials
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Libraries and archives are authorized to furnish reproductions upon request for specified purposes, including private study, scholarship, and research; publication; and public exhibition. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept an order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of copyright law. For more information on copyright law, see the Virginia Tech University Library's copyright website.
Permission to use department materials for publication or public exhibition must be obtained in writing from the Special Collections and the copyright holder. In a written application [Publication Permission Order Form in pdf or docx] please indicate which items you are seeking to publish or exhibit and where you wish to publish or exhibit them. Special Collections would appreciate receiving copies of any publications using items from the collections. Use of any archival copies must be only for the purpose stated. If you later wish to make a different or additional use of department material (particularly if you will be publishing or exhibiting them), you will need to contact Special Collections again for permission.
The following credit line and citation are required for attribution, publication, and/or exhibit, as stated on the permission form:
[Title of collection, (manuscript or RG number)], Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Tech [URL, if applicable].