from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) Records
Rights and Restrictions Information
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730
Publication and other forms of distribution: The collection includes original and copy photographs, artwork,
and prints created prior to 1969, gathered by the NAACP from many sources. Copyright for each item is determined by guidelines on the duration of copyright; see: Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image - How Long Copyrights Last. Privacy
apply. In general, items in the collection fall into one of the following categories:
- Wire service, professional
photographer, studio, publicity, or
other photographs and original artwork
from commercial sources - The
commercial status of these images
can be recognized by the appearance
of the name of a photographer or studio
on the image, e.g., Ernest Withers,
Morgan & Marvin
Smith, Addison Scurlock. 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
- Images by unidentified creators and images from unidentified
sources are problematic because of the lack of information.
are problematic because of the lack of information.
To show that a reasonable effort was made to
determine copyright status, one might request a copyright search
and retain any reply received.
- U.S. Government-issued photographs - Works created by officers and employees of the United States Government are not eligible for copyright protection within the United States. 17 U.S.C. § 105. For more information about U.S. government works and copyright, see: https://www.usa.gov/government-works.
- Original artwork
and prints -
For works published or registered for copyright 95 years ago or less or for unpublished works,
rights may be held by
the creator, creator's
heirs, the publisher, or others.
Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving
originals. This policy requires the use of microfilm in place of
Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Subject to P&P policy on copying.
Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints and
Photographs Division, Visual Materials from the NAACP Records, [reproduction
number, e.g., LC-USZ62-90145]
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. Revised: March 2000; March 2019