Help FAQ - Rights / Permissions / Copies

What are the rules for using items in The Gateway?

The contents of The Gateway to Oklahoma History (digital content including images, text, and sound and video recordings) are made publicly available by the collection-holding partners for use in research, teaching, and private study.

The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections often makes it difficult to determine the copyright status of an item. Please contact the collection-holding partner for additional available information regarding copyright status of a particular digital image, text, or sound or video recording. The owning partner repositories are eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that appropriate information may be provided to researchers and teachers in the future.

Conditions of Use

By their use of these digital images, texts, audio, and video recordings, users agree to follow these conditions of use:

Responsibility for any use of these materials rests exclusively with the user. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by copyright law requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

When using an item from The Gateway to Oklahoma History, The Gateway prefers that users give proper credit to the collection-owning partner and The Gateway. The Gateway's citation format was influenced by the humanities style of The Chicago Manual of Style and Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Because The Gateway is both a digital library and a preservation archive, three levels of identification are included in citations:

  1. Identification of the original item, its creator, the original format, and the original creation date.
  2. Identification of the item's electronic format, its digital location (Persistent Link), the date the item was accessed, and the digital archive's name and location (URL).
  3. Identification of the location of the original document.
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