Dear Ms. Vickers,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
It is not necessary for you to request permission to use the images of the patent drawings According to the Department of Labor, as part of the terms of granting the patent to the inventor, patents are published into the public domain. Furthermore, photographs and digital scans created by United States government employees, working in an official capacity, are considered to be in the public domain.
If you decide to use the photograph, drawing, or document in an online website or other resource, the National Archives requests that you cite it properly following the guidelines in General Information Leaflet No. 17 on NARA’s website. You may also wish to link to the images on the National Archives website.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Selected Patent Files, 1840 - 2005 in the Records of the Patent and Trademark Office (Record Group 241) that includes the digitized files 174465 - Improvement in Telegraphy - Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone Patent Drawing and Oath. These documents may be viewed online through the Catalog, and you also may download the images using the blue download button. When viewing the 174465 - Improvement in Telegraphy - Alexander Graham Bell file, you may wish to click on the red PDF icon under the “Documents” heading. This will allow you to view the patent file as a single file. Once you have done so, you may use the blue download button to download the PDF. Due to the size of the files involved, it may take a little while for them to load in full. Please be patient. If you have any problems accessing these files, please email Catalog@nara.gov.
In addition, please see the National Archives web page Telephone & Light Patent Drawings for educational resources relating to these patent drawings. There is the Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone Patent Drawing and Oath on NARA’s website DOCSTeach. All of our educator resources are in the public domain and are provided free of charge. You are not required permission from the National Archives to use any of NARA’s educational materials. If you have questions or comments, please contact NARA’s education staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this is helpful.