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Frederick A. Cook Collection

Rights and Restrictions Information

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


Publication and other forms of distribution: Images published more than 95 years ago in the United States are no longer under copyright a. Images published less than 95 years ago and unpublished images may be restricted. Most images in the collection appear to have been made for publication or presentation purposes and most date before 1920.

The Visual materials from the papers of Frederick Albert Cook were transferred to the Prints & Photographs Division from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. The donor placed a reproduction/publication restriction on materials in the papers in her will, stipulating that permission for reproduction must first be obtained from the Frederick A. Cook Society. In the early 2000s, Library of Congress Manuscript Division records indicate that the will passed copyrights on to the Library of Congress and that the reproduction restriction was removed. The Manuscript Division finding aid for the records states: "The status of copyright in the unpublished writings of Frederick Albert Cook is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.)."

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, which prohibits photocopying of the original photographs. See also the reproduction restriction noted above.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-DIG-ppmsca-12345]

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. Updated: October 20, 2016, Sept. 2021.


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