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Dear Ms. Florimonte,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
NARA partners with organizations like Fold 3, Ancestry, Family Search and others to increase access to our archival holdings. Typically, a partner digitizes material from NARA's holdings, and retains a digital copy of those records. The partner may integrate that copy into a subscription service and provide enhanced features through their online platform, such as full text searching and indexing. The partner may charge subscribers for this service. NARA also receives a digital copy of the records from the partner, which NARA can release to the public subject to an embargo period. NARA partnership agreements are available at https://www.archives.gov/digitization/partnerships. Each agreement contains more information regarding the embargo period and intellectual property rights.
Even when digitized by a partner, records of the U.S. government are not eligible for copyright protection and are in the public domain (see fold3 Agreement for what is eligible). We suggest that you follow the guidelines on pp. 11-12 in General Information Leaflet No. 17: Citing Records in the National Archives to cite records that you located in fold3 but NARA has custody of the actual records.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!