As part of its mission to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian and Reformed experience, the Presbyterian Historical Society provides access to items from its collection via its website, digital repository (Pearl), social media, and reproduction services. With a few exceptions, the society does not own copyright to its collection materials and provides access under the Fair Use (17 U.S. Code § 107) exception of U.S. Copyright law (U.S. Code, Title 17) for purposes of "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research." Reproduction and publication of materials protected by copyright for purposes beyond that allowed by fair use require the written permission of the copyright holder. Responsibility for assessing copyright status and for securing any necessary permission rests exclusively with the user.
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The society does not charge licensing or permission fees for publication of items in its collections. In many cases, the society only owns the physical objects in its collection, and copyright has been retained by the creator(s) of the material. Permission must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Whenever possible, the society will provide factual information about potential copyright holders. However, ultimate responsibility for assessing copyright status and for securing any necessary permission rests exclusively with the user. Please see Evaluating Copyright for more information.
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The society does not grant or deny permission to use works in its collections that are in the public domain.
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Citations: Crediting the Presbyterian Historical Society
Please cite the Presbyterian Historical Society as the source of the material you share or publish as follows:
Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA
For images used on websites or blogs, please include a hyperlink back to the origin of the image on the society's website.
Bibliographic citations for archival collections:
Prentice Family Papers, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Department of Work in Alaska Records, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Footnote/endnote citations for archival sources:
J. Prentice letter to John Jones, 19 September 1948, Prentice Family Papers, RG 191, box 1, folder 6, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Petersburg General Hospital, Dedication Program, 1955, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Dept. of Work in Alaska Records, 1874-1972, RG 301.3, box 6, folder 23, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
German Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA) session register, 1945-1949, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Darrell Randall letter to Norman Cousins, 14 July 1961, National Council of Churches, Division of Christian Life and Mission Records, 1945-1973, NCC RG 6, box 23, folder 7, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA.