Rights and Reuse

The University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections encourages its patrons to use digital, photostatic, or photographic reproductions of our collection materials, according to applicable rights and restrictions.

Intellectual Property Rights

The copyright status of archival and special collections materials is often difficult or impossible to determine, because it is affected by such things as the employment status of the creator, the date material was created, the date material was first published, and what information accompanied the first publication.

Our staff make reasonable efforts to accurately determine information related to copyright and other restrictions in our collections. We document ownership of copyright by the University of Scranton or known rights holders in item and collection descriptions, but for many materials in our collections, copyright status remains unknown or uncertain.

The phrase “no known copyright restrictions” means that we have determined, to the best of our ability based on available information, that the content is unlikely to be protected by copyright interests and, in all likelihood, is in the public domain. However, due to the difficulty of determining copyright, such restrictions may still exist.

We are eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that the appropriate information may be provided in the future. If you believe that we have made a mistake, please contact us so that we can correct the oversight.

Takedown Policy

The University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections seeks to act responsibly and mitigate legal risk in providing online public access to our materials. However, despite our best intentions in the publication of digital materials, we recognize that mistakes do occur. Please contact us directly if you think materials in our digital collections may violate your copyright ownership or privacy rights. We take all such reports seriously.

It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in an appropriate manner under such Act and other applicable intellectual property laws, including the removal or disabling of access to material claimed to be subject of infringing activity. We aim to respond to requests in a timely manner, but may seek external advice where appropriate prior to taking action.

Reproduction and Reuse

The University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections makes its content available for research, educational and non-commercial personal uses consistent with the principles of fair use. However, possession of a copy of an image, audio or video from our collections does not constitute permission to use it. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. In addition, even if the content is unrestricted from a copyright standpoint, there may be other considerations that would limit your use, such as privacy and publicity rights, licensing, trademarks, or contractual restrictions. Researchers must exercise appropriate caution in using those materials and securing all necessary rights.


The University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may grant permission for reuse only to the extent of the University of Scranton's ownership of the rights relating to your particular interest. Because our collections are vast, we are not in a position to provide advice to patrons about which materials are protected by third party rights and which materials may be used freely. The responsibility for ascertaining whether any additional rights exist, and for obtaining all necessary permissions, remains with the researcher. If you decide to use the content for commercial or other purposes without undertaking to clear all rights, you will be responsible if someone else owns the rights and the owner objects to your use.

In the event that the University of Scranton is the copyright holder, permission must be requested in writing from the Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The requestor must inform the Library of any publication or commercial use of the images. The Library reserves the right to deny commercial use of images.