Minnesota Historical Society : Copyright and Use Information

All material on the Minnesota Historical Society World Wide Web Pages is copyrighted by the Minnesota Historical Society unless otherwise indicated. It is for the personal use of students, scholars, and the public. Copying or redistribution for commercial gain without permission of the Minnesota Historical Society is prohibited.

The nature of historical archival collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult to determine. Whenever possible, the Minnesota Historical Society provides information about copyright owners and other restrictions in the catalog records, finding aids, and donor records. The Society provides such information as a service to aid patrons in determining the appropriate use of an item, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the patron.


Images marked with this symbol are reproduced from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. They are for viewing and personal use only. Permission for commercial use or any publication, manipulation, display or distribution is only granted by written application to the Minnesota Historical Society.

Conditions of Use When Receiving Written Permision from the Minnesota Historical Society
  1. Credit must be given to the Minnesota Historical Society and the creator of the item(e.g. the photographer) if known.

  2. Permission to reproduce, publish, broadcast, display, or distribute an item or text must be requested in writing. Permission is granted in writing, not orally. Possesion of an item does not constitute permission to use it.

  3. In some cases, the Minnesota Historical Society will request that a copy of the publication be donated to the Society.

  4. The person requesting permission must secure copyright clearance from the creator of the work or his/her heirs, if known. In requesting permission to reproduce materials from the collections of the Society, the requester agrees to hold harmless the Minnesota Historical Society, its officers and employees from any action involving infringement of the rights of any person or heirs and descendants in common law or under statutory copyright.

  5. Permission is for one-time use only. The Minnesota Historical Society retains all rights to the items or text , and the requestor warrants that they will not be used for any purpose other than that listed on this permission form.

  6. Images may be cropped to suit design and layout, but they may not be altered or drawn upon or manipulated in any way so that they look different from the way they appear in the historical collection.

  7. The Society reserves the right to refuse to grant permission and/or provide photo reproduction services to publishers and individuals who have not complied with our policies.