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The mission of The Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections, includes making its collections accessible to researchers worldwide. Through digital projects such as Women Physicians: 1850s-1970s, the Legacy Center offers broad access to a wide range of items, including historical materials that may contain offensive images, controversial subject matter or negative stereotypes. We remind users that such materials must be viewed as products of their time and place.

Copyright and the Collections

The Legacy Center respects copyright and other legal rights associated with the materials presented online. Its digital projects make items available online only after steps have been taken to determine the legal status of items and identified rights owners or other parties to the extent possible. Permission or authorization [as in "no objection"] is sought from known rights owners or other parties for rights such as copyright, publicity, and privacy.

Most collection items raise no apparent rights concerns when considered for digitization, such as materials that are already in the public domain. As in most museums and archives, some materials have unclear or indeterminate provenance. The Legacy Center believes it has determined a responsible selection approach that responds to the idiosyncratic nature of the collections and available information.

Materials available through Women Physicians: 1850s-1970s and other digital projects range from items for which the Legacy Center is unaware of any copyright or other legal concerns, to items where permission or authorization was sought from copyright or other rights holders before the materials were presented online. Any users who would like to make use of the materials presented online, are encouraged to contact the Legacy Center director as follows:

Joanne Murray
Historian and Director
The Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections
Drexel University College of Medicine
2900 West Queen Lane
K Wing - Lower Level
Philadelphia, PA 19129

It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing material in the Legacy Center's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use.

The Legacy Center wants to hear from anyone who may claim copyright ownership for any materials included in its online collections.

Updated May 2012

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