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Performing Arts Posters

Rights and Restrictions Information

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


Publication and other forms of distribution: Performing Arts Posters are drawn from three collections: Theatrical Poster Collection, the Minstrel Poster Collection, and the Magic Poster Collection. While the dates span 1840-1936, the bulk of the posters were published between 1879-1910.

There are no known restrictions on Performing Arts Posters. Most of the material in this collection was published more than 95 years ago and is in the public domain. The few that date less than 95 years ago (the latest being ca. 1936) do not include copyright notices or symbols. (For 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).

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. This policy prohibits photocopying of the posters.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Alfred Bendiner Memorial Collection, [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: 2003; March 2019


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