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G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection

Rights and Restrictions Information

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


Publication and other forms of distribution: No known restrictions. The Kensington Episcopal Home conveyed the collection to the Library in 1978. In 2003, the Home dedicated the intellectual property and related rights to the collection to the American public, subject to "whatever rights, if any, that may have previously been conveyed to others."

The Home had previously given exclusive rights for the use of lantern slides in connection with a forthcoming book on Matson's color work to be published by Overlook Press and tentatively entitled "The Well of Abraham." The Home agreed to limit others' use of the lantern slides in book form to a maximum of 25 lantern slides. The agreement terminates once all editions of the book go out of print. In 2008, Overlook/Duckworth published In the Footsteps of Abraham: the Holy Land in Hand-painted Photographs by Richard Hardiman and Helen Speelman [view catalog record]. As of 2019, the book is in print, but credits in the book suggest the Matson photographs that it used did not come from Library of Congress collections but, rather, from another institution. There are fewer than 900 lantern slides in the Library of Congress Matson Photograph Collection.

Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving originals; researchers are asked to use digital images in lieu of handling fragile originals. Negatives are generally not served.

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 items.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-DIG-matpc-00718]

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: June 2003, Dec. 2019.


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