Permission to publish portions of manuscript collections including photographs must be obtained from the Schlesinger Library. In most cases, the Library claims only physical ownership of the manuscript material in its collections. Persons wishing to publish such material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of the copyright holder. Although permission should only be sought from the library once a publisher has accepted a work for publication, readers are urged to inquire about permission issues before undertaking extensive research in a collection.
Permission to Publish Manuscript Material
When citing a collection the preferred format is [Name of the Collection], Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. It is also desirable to include the Box/Carton number and folder from which the material you are citing is taken.
To submit a request, please complete a Permission to Publish form and send it to the address or fax number below.
Head of Public Services
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Requests are usually answered within four to six weeks.
Permission to Publish Photographs
There are fees for the publication of photographs from the Schlesinger Library. When requesting permission to publish images, please provide the photo number(s) if possible (beginning A, B, MC, PC, Gr), or the collection name(s) and a brief description of the image(s) in which you are interested.
Please use this form to inquire about permission to publish images.
If you already have a reproduction, or know what images you wish to publish, please use this contract to apply for permission to publish images.
Permission to Publish Audiovisual Material
The library does not hold copyright in most of its audiovisual material. Please use this form to inquire about publishing audiovisual material.