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G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection

Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730


Photographs in the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection are in the public domain. However, there are donor restrictions on the use of the color lantern slides. Privacy and publicity rights may also apply.

Access: Permitted; subject to P&P policy on serving originals which requires service of digital surrogates in lieu of the originals.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Permitted; subject to P&P policy on copying, which prohibits photocopying of the original photographs in this collection.

Publication and other forms of distribution: Permitted, but with donor restrictions on the use of lantern slides. The Kensington Episcopal Home conveyed the collection to the Library in 1978. In 2003, the Home dedicated the intellectual property and related rights to the collection to the American public, subject to "whatever rights, if any, that may have previously been conveyed to others." The Home had previously given exclusive rights for the use of lantern slides in connection with a forthcoming book on Matson's color work (to be published by Overlook Press and tentatively entitled "The Well of Abraham"). The Home agreed to limit others' use of the lantern slides in book form to a maximum of 25 lantern slides. The agreement terminates once all editions of the book go out of print.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]

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Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division staff. Last revised: June 9, 2003.
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