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Copyright Information for Archival Materials

Manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, film, and other items are protected under federal copyright law.  The researcher is fully responsible for any legal issues surrounding the use of Special Collections materials.  The Society of American Archivists provides more comprehensive information related to Copyright and Unpublished Materials on their website.  

Copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The USC Upstate Library and Archives claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 

Providing reproductions does NOT constitute permission to publish or reproduce images in print or electronic form.