Are all items in the digital collections fair use?

May I use them in a publication or on a website?


UCSC Special Collections & Archives supports research, teaching, scholarship, publication, and artistic production involving the use of materials from our collections. We welcome you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law.

Items in the Digital Collections are available from the UC Santa Cruz Library and are intended to support research, teaching and private study under fair use. All items may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Usage of some items may also be subject to additional restrictions imposed by the original copyright owner and/or institution. The copyright for a particular item is displayed under “Copyright Statement”. To request permission to publish or obtain a reproduction of a particular item, contact us.

If you are the copyright holder and believe our website has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without the requisite permission, please let us know. Refer to the Notice and Takedown Policy for further details.

The U.S. Copyright Office provides additional information on understanding copyright, including “Copyright Basics” at


  • Last Updated Oct 31, 2019
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  • Answered By Susan Perry

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