General Notice Concerning Copyright

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs reproduction of copyrighted materials. All images or documents from library collections are the property of Clemson University Libraries and may not be included in any commercial publications (printed or online) without the written permission of Clemson University Libraries. The user must assume full responsibility for any use the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights.


Use for Educational Purposes, Personal Research, and General Interest

Under certain circumstances specified by the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.

It is not an infringement of the law for a library or archives to reproduce no more than one copy except if:

  1. the reproduction or distribution is made without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage
  2. the collections of  the library or archives are open to the public or available not only to researchers affiliated with the library or archives or with the institution of which it is a part
  3. the reproduction or distribution of the work includes a notice of copyright that appears on the copy that is reproduced

Using materials for scholarly research, private study, or scholarship is in accordance with fair use. The source should be fully credited for any materials copied under fair use.

Citation information for any Special Collections material is available here.


Additional resources on copyright and fair use