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Rights and Reproduction

Copyright Notice
Items in the Special Collections may be protected under the U.S. copyright law (Title 17 of the U.S. Code). Some materials may not include a formal statement of copyright but may still be protected by copyright law. The user of the work is responsible for determining lawful uses. Users are fully responsible for any copyright infringement.

Special Collections provides reproduction services in the form of photocopies, digital scans, and copy stand digital photographs. All reproduction materials remain property of UMBC. Due to the fragile nature of the materials, reproduction is done on a case-by-case basis and is subject to the discretion of the Special Collections staff, based on:
  • the condition of the item
  • the size of the item
  • any donor-imposed restrictions
  • copyright law
In-house reproductions (from original sources, printed materials, or the Web) are made for research and private study only, and are not for resale. They may not be transferred, recopied, broadcast or published in print or digital form without first obtaining permission to do so. Please see below for instructions on obtaining permission to publish.

It is the user's responsibility to obtain necessary permissions and pay for the use of copyrighted materials. The user must secure permission from UMBC and the copyright owner before reproducing or publishing any of the Special Collections holdings. If UMBC owns the copyrights or collection rights, a specific statement from UMBC giving permission to publish is required. Permissions are for one-time use only. If UMBC is not the copyrights holder, rights must be obtained from the rights owner. The user placing the order must obtain permission in writing from the copyright holder and submit a copy to UMBC before the request will be processed.

To request permission to publish Special Collections material, please contact Tom Beck, Chief Curator: beck(at) or 410.455.3827.

For photographs, please use the following credit line: "Courtesy of the Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County." Generally, in print and on websites, the credit line must appear with the image. In film and video productions, the credit line must appear with the picture credits. In exhibitions, the credit line must appear with the photograph.

For all other materials, please use the following credit line, inserting the actual name of the collection where the brackets appear: "[Collection Name]. Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County."

Fees must be prepaid before image delivery. If picking up reproductions on campus, fees must be paid with a campus card or check. If the reproductions are to be sent via US mail or other source, the order will be sent after payment has been received. Credit card payment is allowed for long distance or large orders only; contact Special Collections staff for more information. Checks are accepted, made payable to "UMBC" with the following notation on the memo line: "Special Collections Revolving Account." Please send the check to:

Alla Noyvert
Acounting and Receiving
Albin O. Kuhn Library
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Delivery times vary depending on the size and complexity of the order. Some orders can be expedited, depending on the nature of the order, availability of the materials, and the Special Collections work schedule. For international orders, please contact Special Collections at 410.455.2353 or speccoll(at)

Fee Schedule
Type UMBC User Non-UMBC User
Photocopies $0.20 $0.20
Scans $2.00 $4.00
Copy Stand Photo $2.00 $4.00
Oversize pieces custom photo charge $25.00 $25.00
Delivery Fee (post or electronic) $5.00
*A surcharge for large orders may be applied at the discretion of the staff

Publication Usage Fees
Up to 1/2 page$75.00
Up to full page$100.00
Back Cover$250.00
World rights50% more
For print runs >50,000quotes upon request
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