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Copyright & Takedown | Sensitive Collections Statement | Privacy Policy

These procedures govern only Ohio History Connection materials. All submitting institutions have their own procedures and should be contacted directly regarding their materials.

Copyright & Takedown

Adopted April 2019

Notice to Users

The Ohio History Connection makes efforts to ensure that it has appropriate rights to provide access to content through its Digital Collections Website, Ohio Memory. These materials are made available for educational and scholarly use.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on the Ohio History Connection’s Digital Collections Website without your permission and believe our inclusion of this material on the Digital Collections Website violates your rights (e.g. inclusion is not covered by the Fair Use or other exemption to a copyright holder’s rights), please contact ohiomemory@ohiohistory.org and include the following:

  • your contact information (including email address and phone);
  • exact URL where you found the material;
  • details that describe the material (title, collection name, number of items, etc.);
  • the reason why you believe that your rights have been violated, with any pertinent documentation;
  • a statement that you in good faith believe that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement that the information in your notification is accurate and that you are the rights holder or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

Upon receipt of a request, Ohio History Connection staff will:

  • promptly acknowledge the request via email or other means of communication if you do not have an email account;
  • assess the validity of the request; and
  • upon request, we may temporarily remove the material from public view while we assess the concern.

After our assessment is complete, we will take appropriate action and communicate that action to you.


Usage, transmission, downloading or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by Fair Use Copyright Law requires the written permission of the copyright owners. When possible, the Ohio History Connection provides information about copyright owners and restrictions concerning its collections. Determining the existence of copyright or any other legal restrictions, as well as obtaining permission from the copyright holder, is solely the responsibility of the patron.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions: The copyright law of the U. S. (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to a photocopy or reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user make a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Sensitive Collections Statement

Adopted April 2020

The Ohio History Connection Collections are comprised of many culturally significant materials. Some were created to be private or confidential and are now accessible as part of the historical record. Some contain offensive images, language or content which reflect the creators’ views or those of the period in which they were created, written or recorded. Many are not appropriate by today’s standards of respectful expression and actions. They serve as reminders of the importance of increased cultural competency, inclusion and equity. The views, conclusions or findings expressed in the collections do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio History Connection. We present them in their historical context in line with our mission: “We spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future.”

Please note that as part of our commitment to presenting American Indian perspectives, the Ohio History Connection complies with the directives of authorized tribal representatives regarding the public presentation of images and information from their ancestral communities. We do this in accordance with federal law and our American Indian Policy.

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact ohiomemory@ohiohistory.org.

Privacy Policy

Updated July 2012

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