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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 either No Copyright - United States or No Known Copyright. 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 Permitted or No Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Only.

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.


We request that researchers provide attribution for digital images from our collections in order to aid scholarly research.

Content Policy and Take-down notice

Digital Collections hosted by Wesleyan University are intended to provide accurate and complete representations of information in support of the ongoing educational and scholarly mission of the university and in order to advance the study and research of our scholars.

Wesleyan is committed to preserving the authenticity and integrity of the scholarly and historical record. Collections for which Wesleyan University owns copyright (including the Olla Podrida yearbooks and Argus student newspapers) will be available in their entirety. We will not correct errors or inaccuracies present in original items, redact content, or otherwise remove access to these materials.

For material not owned by Wesleyan University, we take steps to identify and remediate sensitive information that could threaten the privacy and security of individuals, organizations, or other entities represented in the collection(s) before placing collections online. Despite these efforts, information considered sensitive or private may inadvertently be included in digital collections. In such cases, living individuals whose private information is exposed (or who are acting on behalf of a minor child or an incapacitated parent, spouse, domestic partner or adult child) may submit a takedown request to All such requests will be reviewed by relevant Wesleyan University stakeholders, who may ask for additional information to better understand the issue and its consequences. Upon request, we’ll temporarily remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.

Some materials in our collections use language and images that represent ideas, values, and practices that patrons may find harmful, offensive, or disturbing. These items reflect the attitudes and values of their creators and constitute a social record of a particular place and time. Following our commitment to maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the historic record, Wesleyan provides access to these items along with contextual information within descriptive records, and, where appropriate, includes statements attached to items and collections with notice about potentially harmful, offensive, or disturbing content.

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 which operates under the aegis of the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana.