This is a draft version of our policy. We are in the process of updating it.

Wesleyan University makes digital images accessible in the following instances:

  • They are in the public domain
  • Wesleyan University owns the copyright
  • Wesleyan University Library has permission to make them accessible
  • They are being made accessible for education and research purposes as a legal fair use, or 
  • There are no known restrictions

It is your responsibility to determine how you may use images and data that you download from our digital collections.



All metadata in our digital collections is dedicated to the public domain and available for use under the CC0 – No Rights Reserved status. 


All material that we believe to be in the public domain is marked with a rights statement of No Known Restrictions (NKR). This material is available publicly for download and use without restriction by the library. Making this material available to researchers does not equal permission to use the material without restriction. There may be additional licenses and agreements for the materials. The researcher must determine appropriate use and any restrictions themselves.

Where the copyright is owned by Wesleyan, material is available publicly for download and non-commercial use. This material is marked with a rights statement of In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Only (IC-NC) or Out of Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Only (OC – NC).

Due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify copyright or rights of privacy, publicity, or trademark for each item in the collection. These collections are marked with a rights statement of Copyright Not Evaluated (CNE).
We request that researchers provide attribution for digital images from our collections in order to aid scholarly research. 

Take-down notice

We welcome communication from rights owners so that we may provide accurate information on our materials. Upon request, we will remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.

More information

We follow OCLC’s policy, “Well-intentioned practice for putting digitized collections of unpublished materials online” (revised 5/2/2010 and and endorsed by the Society of American Archivists, CLIR, and other organizations).

Our rights statements are derived from the white paper, “Recommendations for Standardized International Rights Statements” put forth by the International Rights Statement Working Group in October 2015 and operating under the aegis of the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana.