Copyright and Reproduction Rights

Some images and documents may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Additionally, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of donor gift agreements, licensing, or trademarks.The nature of historical archival collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Whenever possible, information has been provided about copyright owners and other restrictions in the “Rights Holder” field of each object’s record. This information is provided as a service to help users determine the appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately rests with the user; it is the user’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in Northeastern University’s collections.

Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Commercial distribution, publication, or exploitation of Northeastern University files is specifically prohibited.

To request permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast items owned by the library, please submit a Publishing Agreement to:

Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, archives [at]

Snell Library makes every effort to ensure that it has appropriate rights to provide access to content. Where possible, Snell Library secures rights to use works that are in copyright. Parties who have questions or who wish to contest the use of specific works may contact:

Dean of Libraries
Northeastern University Library
320 Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Please include:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner. NOTE: If an agent is providing the notification, also include a statement that the agent is authorized to act on behalf of the owner.
  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Library to locate the material. Providing URLs in your communication is the best way to help us locate content quickly.

Snell Library administration will respond to all correspondence within two business days. Within that time, if the Library is not able to determine that the Library is permitted to use the work(s) in question, the Library will cease providing access to the work until or unless it can determine that such uses are permitted. The Library may work with University Counsel to make determinations about appropriate use.