Skip to NavSkip to Content

The University of Texas at Austin

Research Reference Help


Copyright Fine Print and Additional Resources

Patrons are responsible for adhering to copyright restrictions in accordance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, the Briscoe Center for American History is authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order should involve violation of the copyright law.

Written permission to publish or display reproductions of materials held by the Briscoe Center for American History must be secured from the Briscoe Center as owner of the physical property. Additionally, a complimentary copy of the final publication (in any medium) using reproductions of Briscoe Center for American History materials must be donated to the Briscoe Center.

Requesters are responsible for any possible copyright either known or unknown. Questions about copyright may be directed to the Duplication Services Coordinator at or 512-495-4555.

Use of Images on The Briscoe Center for American History Web Site

Unless marked or otherwise protected, the digital images on the Briscoe Center’s web site may be reproduced for non-profit classroom use without charge, provided appropriate credit is given and a Permission to Publish form is completed and submitted to the Briscoe Center via mail or email. When crediting images from this site for non-profit classroom use, please use suggested credit lines.

Publication of these images is prohibited without prior permission from and payment of fees to The Briscoe Center for American History. In most cases, we also require that patrons order a high-resolution scan or a print. Please consult our duplication resources.

This site provides access to images for which the copyright is held by owners other than the Briscoe Center for American History. Any use of these images is restricted by copyright law. Please contact the Duplication Services Coordinator at or (512) 495-4555 for further information.

Copyright of Materials on the Briscoe Center Digital Media Repository (DMR)

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History makes digital versions of collections accessible on the Digital Media Repository (DMR) in the following situations:

  • We make copyrighted images accessible on the DMR for education and research purposes as a legal fair use,
  • The Briscoe Center has permission from rights holders to make them accessible on the DMR,
  • The rights are owned by the Briscoe Center,
  • There are no known restrictions on use (e.g., orphan works), OR
  • They are in the public domain

The digitized collections on the Briscoe’s Center Digital Media Repository are made accessible to the public strictly for noncommercial educational and research purposes. Please note that some images on the DMR are displayed under the exemptions for fair use outlined in Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law, which allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder for comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Subsequently, items displayed on the DMR may be subject to copyright restrictions; their display on this website is NOT an indication of their clearance for other uses by archives patrons. Upon request, the Briscoe Center will remove copyrighted materials from public view while rights issues are addressed.

Due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify rights information. All rights holders are listed, when known. We are eager to hear from any unidentified rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information about our collections. If you have any additional information about the images or would like to suggest a correction, please contact the Photo Archivist, Amy Bowman, at or (512) 495-4468.

Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use particular items in the context of the intended use. All users assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. To learn more about U.S. copyright law, please see

For more information about securing permission to use Briscoe Center collections, please see: