Dear Jordan Young,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that contains 67 images related to "vehicles" and19 images related to "Jeep" that may be relevant to your search. These images have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. You may also use the “search within this series” feature in the Catalog description to search for additional keywords. The series U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographs of Military Activity During World War II and the Korean Conflict, 1941-1954 in Record Group 111 also contains 17 images related to "Jeep" that have been digitized and can be viewed in the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance with these records.
We also located the series Photographs of Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, 1939-1967 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) that contains 36 images related to "Jeep" that have been digitized and can be viewed in the Catalog. You may contact RDSS with any questions you might have about these records.
Next, we identified the series Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities, and Personnel - World War II and Korean War, ca. 1940 - ca. 1980 that includes 188 images related to "Jeep" that have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. Again, you may contact RDSS for more information about these records.
You can use the Catalog to explore numerous other records related to Jeeps in the 1940s, or you can search the Catalog for other key terms or phrases. If you have questions about any particular Catalog entry, you may email the National Archives reference unit listed in each Catalog description. You may also wish to email RDSS directly with questions about the photograph you are interested in. Please include as much information about the photograph as possible in any inquiry you submit, including the date, location, branch and/or unit of service, circumstances, etc., in order to help the reference staff assist you more effectively. You might also include information about where you found the image originally.
Finally, it is also possible that the photograph is part of a series of textual records. For example, you may need to search specific unit records in a series like the World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 from the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407). Or you may be able to locate the image in a series like the Copy of the Study "The Jeep - Its Development and Procurement Under the Quartermaster Corps," 1943 from the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319). These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about them, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
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Did not find it but thank you very much for your assistance, Rachael. I have the pic but just wanted to know whether it was PD or not.
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We suggest that you contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if they can offer you any additional assistance. If you have more information about the photograph (e.g. when and where it was taken or by whom), please include it in your inquiry.
If you do decide to browse the National Archives Catalog again, and you locate the image (or if you identify additional images you wish to use), then you can find copyright information in each individual Catalog entry under the “Use Restrictions” section.
In general, photographs that were taken by United States government employees, either military or civilian, working in an official capacity, are considered to be in the public domain. Permission is not required to use these items. However, photographs that were taken by private citizens or by organizations other than the United States government may be subject to copyright laws. It is the user's responsibility to identify the copyright owner and to obtain all necessary clearances before making commercial, broadcast, or other use of this material.
We hope this additional information is helpful!