Researchers are not required to request permission from Historical & Special Collections (HSC) at the Harvard Law School Library to quote from or publish images, commercially or non-commercially, of the types of material listed below, nor does it charge fees for such activities.
- Published material in the public domain (books, broadsides, woodcuts, engravings, etc.)
- Medieval manuscripts, deeds, and manor rolls
- Paintings and drawings
- Photographs in the public domain
- Modern manuscripts in the public domain (See Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States – Cornell Copyright Information Center to determine if the material is under copyright or in the public domain)
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. For further information about the use of public domain digital reproductions, see the Harvard Library policy adopted September 30, 2014.
Copyright and Permissions Restrictions
Permission to quote, publish, perform, reproduce, or otherwise make any use of manuscripts not in the public domain 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
Researchers are reminded that, except in the cases of the collections for which the Library holds copyright (formerly called literary property rights), permission must also be obtained from the holder(s) of this right.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.