2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2020 7:01 PM by Faustina Bartaburu

    Seeking permission to use photos from NARA


      Good morning. I would like to know whether I could use photos from the National Archive to include on a video about other pandemics. Of course I would use them with its correspondent credit. Thank you very much.

        • Re: Seeking permission to use photos from NARA
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Bartaburu,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          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.


          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 decide to use the photograph, drawing, or document in your publication, we request that you cite it properly following the guidelines in General Information Leaflet No. 17 on our website at https://www.archives.gov/publications/general-info-leaflets/17-citing-records.pdf.


          If you are searching for photographs in the National Archives related to pandemics, please search the National Archives Catalog. Some photographs have been digitized and may be viewed online through the Catalog.  For non-digitized photographs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS) via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


          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 RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful.

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