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DigitalGeorgetown - Copyright Information

DigitalGeorgetown provides faculty, students, scholars, and others access to digital collections created and curated by Georgetown University. The purpose of these collections is to make available to a broad audience:

  • Selected materials from Georgetown University Libraries’ archival, special, and general collections
  • Research and scholarship by Georgetown faculty and students
  • Materials produced by Georgetown’s departments, institutes, and programs

Most materials in DigitalGeorgetown are freely accessible to all. Access to certain works, however, is limited to the Georgetown University community – for those, a Georgetown NetID and password are required.

Copyright Status of Materials in DigitalGeorgetown

Most materials in DigitalGeorgetown have been uploaded with the permission of the copyright owner or are in the public domain. In some cases, it has not been possible to identify a copyright owner or to definitively determine the copyright status of certain materials from the library’s archival and manuscripts collections, and those materials are made available under the fair use doctrine.

We are eager to learn more about materials with unidentified authors and request that you share with us any additional information you have about the history, background, and copyright ownership of materials in DigitalGeorgetown.

If you are the copyright owner and believe that your work has been used without permission, please let us know (email digitalscholarship@georgetown.edu). Upon request, we will remove material from DigitalGeorgetown while we review a copyright claim.

Acceptable Uses of Materials in DigitalGeorgetown

Materials in DigitalGeorgetown may be viewed and downloaded for non-commercial, research, educational or other academic purposes, personal use, and other fair uses. If you wish to use materials in DigitalGeorgetown in any other way, including publishing any of the materials, permission may be required.

Permission Requests

It is your responsibility to investigate and, when necessary, obtain permission from the copyright owner to use materials in DigitalGeorgetown.

  • For theses and dissertations, contact the author of the work.
  • For materials produced by Georgetown’s departments, institutes, and programs, contact the appropriate department, institute, or program.
  • For published articles, book, and book chapters, contact the publisher.
  • For information about other materials, email digitalscholarship@georgetown.edu.


Materials in our online collections should credit DigitalGeorgetown as the source of the material.

Rights of Privacy and Publicity

In addition to copyright, some materials in DigitalGeorgetown may be subject to rights of privacy or publicity. It is your responsibility to investigate such rights and, when necessary, obtain permission to use such materials.

Copyright Law

For more information on copyright law, visit our Copyright at Georgetown University pages.

Contact Us

Please send questions or comments to digitalscholarship@georgetown.edu.