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Rights and Reproduction

Some items in the Manatee County Public Library's online special collections are in the public domain and are not subject to copyright protection. However, the nature of historical, archival and manuscript collections often makes it difficult to determine the exact copyright status of an item. Thus, some of the materials provided here online are made available under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). In making determinations of fair use for individual items or collections, the Library has followed the Associations of Research Libraries' Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries


Whenever possible, the Manatee County Public Library provides all known information about copyright owners and other restrictions in the information, or metadata, associated with digital items or collections. The Library provides this information to assist users in determining the copyright status of an item. Ultimately, however, it is the user's responsibility to use material according to the terms governing its use.


The written permission of any copyright owners, and/or any other rights holders, may be required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items that extends beyond fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment and independently securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use particular items in the context of the intended use.


Unless otherwise stipulated in an individual item's rights statement, we request that reuse of any item carry a credit line stating "Courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections." The use of any image or text should also be cited accordingly in any website or written work.


Site users are welcome to download and print low-resolution images for personal use. (To download or print an individual image, click the "download" or "print" button above the image). To request a full-resolution copy of an image or for other questions regarding the collections, please email reference@mymanatee.org.


Image requests should include the following information:


The Manatee County Public Library generally does not charge use fees for materials in its online special collections.

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