are historical photos published elsewhere in the public domain?

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  • Our small library has a website to chroncle history of the area. I have found photos from the late 1800s in various online archives. Are these in the public domain and would I be free to copy them and add them to our website? I would be happy to credit the source.

  • The photos are definitely in the public domain, do cite the source.  Let the scanning and posting begin!


  • I agree with Carrie!

    As you are trying to determine the copyright status of works for projects such as these I recommend consulting Peter Hirtle's Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States: It's very useful in helping to identify what works are in the public domain and which my still be protected by copyright.

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