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Rights and Permissions

Vanderbilt University Special Collections provides access to rare and distinctive books, manuscripts, photographs, audio-visual materials, and archival collections that enrich scholarship, education, and discovery. In doing so, we comply with United States copyright law and the exceptions made for libraries and fair use. Due to the nature of our collections, many of the copyrights to these materials are in the public domain, but others will still belong to the creators or their estates. While users are free to copy reasonable amounts from these collections for their educational, scholarly, and private use, they must receive written permission from the rights holders before publishing from our collections. Questions about rights holders may be directed to Special Collections staff, but we are unable to arrange permission unless the rights are held by Vanderbilt.

Material found on our web pages is shared under the principles of fair use and may be downloaded for scholarly, educational, or private use unless otherwise indicated. Copyright approval for this material must still be granted before publication. Cornell University’s Copyright Information Center provides a useful copyright and public domain chart at https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain.

Reproduction Requests

Requests for limited reproduction of material (such as scanning or photocopying) will be considered when it can be done without injury to materials and when duplication does not violate donor agreements or copyright law. Fees for these services will vary depending on the purpose and the quality of the reproduction.

Citing Special Collections

Materials from Vanderbilt University Special Collections should be cited using the following format:

Title of the Collection, Box and/or folder # (if applicable), Special Collections Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

If using material from the History of Medicine Collections at Eskind Biomedical Library, please use that for the library.