5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 3, 2021 12:24 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking photos & film on JFK for documentary

    Martha Biggins Newbie

      I am working on an upcoming documentary and trying to find material on JFK that is in the public domain and free to use in a documentary. Can you use material marked 'unrestricted' access and use editorially in a documentary? They are mostly photos and footage.

        • Re: Seeking photos & film on JFK for documentary
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Biggins,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          Most government records are in the public domain, however, some of our records may have donor, copyright, or other restrictions.  If the records have been described in the National Archives Catalog, restrictions will be noted in the individual descriptions.

           

          If you are referring to materials you located in the National Archives Catalog, the “Access Restriction(s)” field refers specifically to whether or not researchers are allowed to view the records.  All records that have been shared in digital format on the Catalog or on NARA’s other websites either do not have access restrictions, or have redactions to allow for them to be shared online. Information about restrictions on how you may use the records are indicated in the “Use Restriction(s)” field.  If this field says “Unrestricted” it indicates that the National Archives staff are unaware of any copyright or donor restrictions that would prevent you using these materials for any purposes.

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog for moving images relating to “Kennedy” and located 138 series, 7776 file units, and 2 items. Some of these records have been digitized and are available online. For more information about individual records, please email the reference unit listed as the contact in the Catalog description. We particularly recommend that you contact the  National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) via email at mopix@nara.gov and the John F. Kennedy Library (LP-JFK) at kennedy.library@nara.gov for further research assistance.  Please be as specific as possible about the types of films that may be suitable for your needs when you contact these organizations.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from the various NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

          • Re: Seeking photos & film on JFK for documentary
            Martha Biggins Newbie

            Are the photos in the Warren Report and the Report itself in the public domain or are there copyright issues? I can't find anything on NARA for it. I see photos from HSCA report and wanted to know if they were in the public domain and could be used. How do you find them online? The photographs website on the JFK Assassination page doesn't have any information on their use/access restrictions. Thanks

              • Re: Seeking photos & film on JFK for documentary
                Jason Atkinson Ranger

                Dear Ms. Biggins,

                 

                Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!

                 

                Photographs taken by federal, state and local government agencies such FBI, Secret Service, and Dallas Police, as well as interviews conducted by government investigators are considered to be in the public domain. However, there are images (and possibly other information) in the Warren Commision Report and the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) report that come from other sources such as newspapers, magazines, television, and radio. Those items are subject to copyright and should be clearly labeled as to their sources. Obtaining permission for reproduction is the responsibility of the researcher.

                 

                For further information on copyright, please review the FAQ section for the JFK Assassination Record Collection.

                 

                We hope this is helpful.