Securing Copyright

The Williams College Libraries assumes no responsibility for infringement of copyright. Researchers are responsible for obtaining necessary publication rights and copyright clearances when publishing material or having copyrighted items reproduced from the collections. The copyright of student theses and of manuscript materials in the Paul Whiteman Collection are especially strict, and researchers are urged to begin the copyright release process early in their studies if they are interested in securing copies of these materials. Please note that material posted on the Williams College Archives' web site, including collection guides, historical essays, exhibitions, etc., is covered by copyright.

Manuscript and Archival records that include materials from the 20th and 21st centuries may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of information pertaining to identifiable individuals without their consent, or without the consent of their estate, may have legal ramifications for which the Williams College Archives and Special Collections assumes no responsibility.

U.S. copyright law governs the making and use of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Most manuscript materials, sound recordings, photographs, and film created in the past 120 years are protected under copyright law. The responsibility of obtaining permission to reproduce or publish materials rests with the researcher. To learn more about the U.S. copyright law, researchers should contact the U.S. Copyright Office or browse The WATCH file (maintained by the University of Texas at Austin) to help identify copyright holders.

The digitized collections are accessible for purposes of education and research. We've indicated on a case by case basis what we know about copyright and rights of privacy, publicity, or trademark. Due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information. We are open to hear from any potential rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information. Upon request, we'll consider removing material from public view while we address a rights issue.