Effective January 29, 2024
Still or moving image reproductions of photographs, documents, published materials, artifacts and other materials from the collections of History Nebraska, reproductions of sound recordings from the collections of History Nebraska, or still images, moving images or audio recordings of spaces or activities at History Nebraska may be used by individuals and corporate entities in various ways. This policy codifies the conditions under which such uses are allowed.
- PERMISSION. Permission for use is granted at History Nebraska’s discretion for a
single and one-time use for the life of the project. Reproductions from History
Nebraska’s collections cannot be sub-leased or sold by the user, nor may the
user permit others to reproduce the materials or any facsimiles of them by any
means for any purpose. They also may not be transferred, donated or sold to
another person or organization. History Nebraska does not issue permission in
- USE AGREEMENT. Permission and the specifics of a particular use are
documented in an agreement between History Nebraska and the user, in which
the user agrees to the parameters of this policy. History Nebraska does not sign
release forms developed by others.
- COPYRIGHT. History Nebraska does not claim exclusive ownership of rights and
has not determined copyright status for many of the materials in its collections.
Therefore, History Nebraska is acting only as an owner of the physical item, and
may or may not have in its possession a written conveyance of copyright from
the creator or their heirs. History Nebraska is not responsible for either determining
the copyright status of the materials or for securing copyright permission.
Possession of a reproduction of an item from History Nebraska’s collections does
not constitute permission to use it beyond “Fair Use” as defined by the copyright
law of the United States, Title 17, United States Code. The user assumes all
responsibility for any copyright research, clearance and violation.
- USE FEES. History Nebraska charges use fees to support the preservation and
maintenance of its collections. No use fees are charged for use by Nebraska
government agencies (state, local, or tribal), for exhibit use by Nebraska cultural
institutions, or for use by individuals for personal enjoyment, private study,
scholarship, or research. Other uses are subject to fees; see the History Nebraska
Access and Use Fee Schedule for details. Use fees must be paid in advance of
receiving use permissions and all use fees are non-refundable and subject to
change without notice.
- DIRECT PROMOTION. Any still or moving image or sound recording used in a
product may also be used in the direct promotion of the work without requiring
additional permissions or incurring additional use fees from History Nebraska.
Extended or additional use or use in subsequent editions will require
- CREDIT LINE. Use of any still or moving image or sound recording from History
Nebraska must be properly credited. The exact content and style of the credit
line may conform to that used throughout the rest of the product, but must at
least include the words “History Nebraska” and the History Nebraska
identification number for the item used. The credit line must also include an
explanatory statement regarding any manipulation of the item (see
- MANIPULATION. History Nebraska is committed to protection of the historical
integrity of the materials in its collections. It will not allow the inversion of the
reproduction nor the removal or addition of content. History Nebraska will allow
cropping of a still or moving image, selection of a detail within a still or moving
image, excerpting of a moving image or sound recording, and adjustments to
contrast, sharpness and other enhancements for the sake of clarity. An
explanatory statement must be added to the credit line describing any such
changes. Any manipulation beyond those already stated must be approved by
History Nebraska and described in the credit line.
- WEBSITE RESOLUTION. History Nebraska will not allow a still image of higher than
100 dpi; a moving image with a frame size of more than 320×240 pixels, a frame
rate of more than 20 fps and pixel depth of more than 16-bit; or a sound
recording with a bit depth of more than 8 bits and a sampling rate of more than
22 kHz to be placed on a web site. Exceptions must be approved by History
Nebraska and will require an additional use fee charge.
- ENDORSEMENT. Use of reproductions of materials from History Nebraska’s
collections does not imply that History Nebraska endorses any product,
enterprise, expressed opinions, or confirms the accuracy of any content in any
publication, production, broadcast, website or any other product in which such
reproductions are used.
- INDEMNIFICATION. The user will defend, indemnify, save, and hold harmless
History Nebraska, its employees, officers or designees, from any and all costs,
expense, damage and liability arising because of any claim whatsoever which
may be presented by anyone for loss or damage or other relief occasioned or
caused by the release of a reproduction of an item from History Nebraska’s
collections or their use in any manner, including their inspection, publication,
reproduction, broadcast, duplication or printing by anyone for any purpose
whatsoever. The user is solely responsible for all issues of invasion of privacy, libel
and/or slander that may result from use of these materials.
- DESTRUCTION OR RETURN OF ELECTRONIC FILES. History Nebraska requires the user
to destroy or return to History Nebraska any files provided to the user by History
Nebraska upon the completion of the project in which the content of the files is
- NONCOMPLIANCE. History Nebraska reserves the right to refuse to grant use
permission and/or provide reproductions to anyone who has not complied with
- FURNISHED COPIES. History Nebraska may require that a copy be provided of the
final project, publication, or production in which History Nebraska materials are
granted permission for use.
- CHANGE IN POLICY. History Nebraska use policies are subject to change without
notice. In case of a discrepancy, policies in effect at the time payment is made