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Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers

Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730

This collection includes original and copy photographs, artwork, and prints. They were gathered from many sources including wire services, commercial photo studios, publicity photo distributors, and amateur photographers, and may be restricted by copyright. Some photos are not identified with the name of their creator or their source. Privacy and publicity rights may apply; in particular, publicity rights apply to pictures of Rosa Parks.

The Library of Congress makes full-size digital images of all the works in the collection except those that are clearly from commercial sources and are not in albums, available for educational and research purposes. If you have more information about an item or if you are the copyright holder and believe the item has not been properly attributed or has been used without proper permission, please contact [email protected] with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving originals.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Subject to P&P policy on copying.

Publication and other forms of distribution: May be restricted. Collection items are from a variety of sources, and multiple types of rights may apply.


  • Wire service, professional photographer, studio, publicity, or other photographs and original artwork from commercial sources dating 1923 and after may be restricted by copyright and patrons are advised to check for copyright prior to publication or other forms of distribution. The commercial status of these images can be recognized by the appearance of the name of a photographer or studio on the image. More information on specific wire services is available on the Rights and Restrictions Information page, under AP/Wide World, Black Star, United Press International, ACME, and other company names. As the Division learns pertinent rights information for a given individual or organization, that information is added through a listing on the Rights and Restrictions Information page.

  • Photographs by Mark T. Kerrin are under copyright restriction. The photographer's contact information is (email): [email protected]

  • Images by unidentified creators and images from unidentified sources are problematic because of the lack of information. Patrons who wish to show that a reasonable effort was made to determine copyright status should request a copyright search and retain any reply for their records.
  • Original artwork and prints may be restricted by copyright. For published works dating 1923 and after or unpublished works created but not registered for copyright before January 1, 1978, rights may be held by the creator, creator's heirs, or the publisher. Therefore, patrons are advised to check for copyright prior to publication or other forms of distribution.

Privacy and Publicity Rights

Privacy and publicity rights of the subjects of the photos may apply, regardless of the copyright status of the item. In particular, publicity rights for commercial use of pictures of Rosa Parks are administered for the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute by:

Steven G. Cohen
Cohen & Associates PC
30833 Northwestern Hwy.
Suite 205A
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
248-626-3615  phone
248-626-3616  fax
Web site:

For more information about privacy and publicity rights, please see this section of the Library of Congress Legal page:

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-DIG-ppmsca-38464]

For more information, please read: Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image

Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division staff. Created: March 2017.

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