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NEHGS Digital Collections

Access Policies

Items in the NEHGS Digital Collections with extensive vital record data (births, marriages, and deaths) and genealogical content will be restricted to NEHGS research and contributing members. These collections will include books, family Bible records, church records, funeral home records, unpublished genealogies (handwritten documents, typescripts, or born-digital), genealogical research notes, and similar material.

Items in the NEHGS Digital Collections which are primarily of historical, as opposed to genealogical, interest will be freely available to the general public, for research, education, and other non-commercial uses. Free collections may include letters, diaries, account books, military records, photographs, and similar material that does not have extensive vital record data or genealogical content.

Take-Down Policy

These digitized collections have been made available for education and research purposes. Users are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for other uses. Any information known about copyright and rights of privacy, publicity, or trademark will be made available with each digitized item. Due to the nature of archival collections, however, copyright status is not always clear.

Rights holders are encouraged to contact us to provide accurate information about copyright. Items will be removed from the digital collections upon request from rights holders to address a rights issue.1

If you believe you hold the rights to one of our items on the American Ancestors Digital Collections website, or can provide further information about the rights holder, please contact us in writing:

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007

1 Adapted from: “Well-intentioned practice for putting digitized collections of unpublished materials online,” OCLC, revised May 28, 2010,

Rights and Use

The R. Stanton Avery Special Collections hold manuscript collections, artwork, and objects that are owned by NEHGS. Although NEHGS owns the physical items that make up Special Collections, the Society may or may not own the copyright (the intellectual property) for those items. A variety of copyright statuses are possible, depending on the collection.

Each item will be analyzed to determine its copyright status before digitization. The digital images (or other access files, as appropriate) will be assigned an appropriate rights statement, describing how researchers will be able to use the images.

Copyright Status Rights Statement

Public domain

This item is in the public domain. There are no known restrictions on the use of this image.

Copyright held by NEHGS

Copyright of this item is held by NEHGS. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND, Please contact to get permission for commercial use, or to purchase a high-resolution copy of the image.

Copyright held by another person or organization (used with permission)

This item is made available with the permission of the copyright holder. This image may be used for personal and research use only. [Statement may vary, according to copyright holder.] Please contact for further information.

Copyright status unknown

The copyright status of this item is unknown. The images are made available for research and educational use under fair use. Responsibility for obtaining permission for other uses, and for any commercial use, rests exclusively with the user. Please contact if you have additional information about the copyright holder for this item.

If you use one of our public domain items, we would appreciate a citation and a link to American Ancestors Digital Collections.

To purchase a high-resolution image, or to get permission for commercial use of copyrighted items, please contact For additional information about this process, see the Special Collections FAQ.

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