First Time Users

To create an account and request materials, please review the information below. By clicking the "Accept Terms and Conditions" button, you confirm that you have read and understood these policies, and agree to abide by their terms and conditions. Please pay particular attention to the copyright statement and access restrictions related to specific collections.

Accessing Material at Digital Collections and Archives

I understand that I am given access to the archival collections at Digital Collections and Archives subject to the conditions and policies listed below.

View our complete Access Policy.

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View our Camera Use Policy.

Requesting Copies

Under certain conditions specified in the United States copyright law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish reproductions of documents and publications. One of the specified conditions is that the reproductions are not to be "used for any purpose other than private non-commercial study, scholarship, or research." I understand that if I make a request for, or later use, a reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," I may be liable for copyright infringement.

I also understand that the DCA reserves the right to refuse to fulfill a copying order, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve (1) violation of copyright law, or (2) damage to the material.

View our complete Duplication Procedure and Fee Schedule.

DCA welcomes you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law. Please cite us.

Materials held by DCA may be protected by United States Copyright Law and/or by the copyright laws of other countries. Copyright law protects unpublished as well as published materials. DCA does not claim to control the rights for reproduction for all materials or images in its collections. Certain images or materials may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, or other interests not owned by Tufts University. If Tufts University does not clearly hold the copyright to an item, DCA cannot grant or deny permission to use that material. In obtaining a reproduction from DCA, you assume all responsibility for determining whether any permissions relating to copyright, privacy, publicity, trademark, or any other rights are necessary for your intended use, and for obtaining all required permissions.

Written permission from the copyright holders and/or other rights holders is required for publication, distribution, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use.

DCA will not do research concerning the existence and/or whereabouts of rights holders. To the extent that we provide available information, DCA does not warranty the accuracy of such information and shall not be responsible for any inaccurate information. DCA will not facilitate or execute requests for permission.

The Society of American Archivists provides further guidance about using copyrighted and unpublished materials. The U.S. Copyright Office provides information about How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work. When you cannot identify or locate the current copyright owner of a copyrighted work, the copyrighted material is sometimes called an "orphan work." Columbia University Libraries and the Society of American Archivists also provide advice about documenting searches for copyright owners and using orphan works.

When you use material, you must properly acknowledge DCA as the source of the material.

You also must not use the name of DCA or Tufts University in any manner which creates any false association between you and the image, materials, DCA or Tufts University, or that incorrectly implies any sponsorship or endorsement by DCA, Tufts University, or any third-party rights holder.

We appreciate receiving a copy of any published work that features our material.

If you have any more information about an item you've seen on our website or if you are the copyright owner and believe our website has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please contact with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

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