MHS Licensing Terms

The Massachusetts Historical Society licenses images of material from the collection based on the following terms. Permission to use images of MHS material must be requested through Portal1791. Your request will be reviewed by the reference librarian and an invoice will be issued for any applicable fees. If licensing fees are required, the MHS must recieve payment before the license will be issued. Licenses are delivered in PDF format through Portal1791 for access and download. 

For more information see Reproduction Services and Use Permission.

Advertising

Advertising rights are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to your licensing paperwork for specific terms.

Books

Permission is granted for non-exclusive worldwide or North American print and electronic rights to reproduce the image in the licensed edition of the work only. For any additional uses, including future editions of the work, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.  Send the Massachusetts Historical Society’s library a copy of the book when it appears.

Cover Art

Permission is granted for non-exclusive worldwide or North American print and electronic rights to reproduce the image on the cover of the licensed edition of the work only. For any additional uses, including future editions of the work, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.  Send the Massachusetts Historical Society’s library a copy of the book when it appears.

Dissertations/Theses

Permission is granted for non-exclusive print and electronic rights to reproduce the image in the licensed dissertation or thesis to be completed in partial fulfillment of a degree program. This permission includes publication of the dissertation to an institutional repository or licensed database.  If you choose to publish your dissertation or thesis, in part or in whole, in the future it will be necessary to apply for new permission. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.

Electronic and On-demand Publications

Permission is granted for non-exclusive worldwide electronic rights and/or on-demand print rights to reproduce the image in the licensed edition of the work only. For any additional uses, including future editions of the work, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.

Ephemera

Permission is granted for non-exclusive print and electronic rights to reproduce the image in the licensed edition of the work only. For any additional uses you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.

Exhibitions

Permission is granted for all uses of the image within the exhibition and in material produced for the exhibition, including catalogs, websites, marketing, educational materials, and publications. Permission to use the image for retail items (with the exception of published catalogs), in future exhibitions, or for unrelated projects requires a new use permission request. With new permission additional fees may apply.

Film/Television

Permission is granted to the producer for worldwide broadcast standard and non-standard television, audio visual DVD/Home Video, and Internet, excluding packaging and advertising, for the life of the project. Permission for use of the images applies to use within this production of the work only. For any additional uses, including packaging or advertising for this production or use in future productions, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees. 

Multimedia

Permission for non-exclusive worldwide or North American rights is granted for use of the image within the print and electronic versions, ancillary digital media materials and promotional materials for the specific product being licensed for the current edition of the work only. For any additional uses, including future editions of this work, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees. 

Periodicals

Permission is granted for non-exclusive worldwide or North American print and electronic rights to reproduce the image in the licensed edition of the work only. For any additional uses, including future editions of the work, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.  Send the Massachusetts Historical Society’s library a copy of the publication when it appears.

Websites/Databases

Permission is granted for non-exclusive, one-time rights to reproduce the image on the website or within the database licensed. Permission for use of the images applies to this instance only, and does not allow for display of the image on additional web pages, at this or other websites, or in additional databases. For any additional uses, you must obtain permission in writing from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additional permissions may result in additional usage fees.

Questions?

Please contact the reference librarian (permissions@masshist.org / 617-646-0561) with questions concerning the use of images of material from the Massachusetts Historical Society’s collection.

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