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Fine Prints by Federal Art Project Artists in the Library of Congress

Rights & Reproductions

For researchers hoping to copy and publish images from the Federal Art Project prints, information about how to assess rights to images in the collection and how to obtain both reference and quality copies is provided below.

Rights Information

Obtaining Copies

Reference Copies

Researchers can copy Federal Art Project prints in the reading room by photographing them with a hand-held camera. A link to the full policy on hand-held camera copying is provided below.

Quality Copies

It is possible to purchase quality scans of individual items through Library of Congress Duplication Services. In placing an order, researchers should cite the call number of the print and a link to the online description, preferably with a reference copy to ensure accurate fulfillment of the request. A link to the Duplication Services web site is provided below.

Digitized Images

Researchers can download existing digital files.

  • Images that have a Rights Advisory of "No known restrictions on publication" display and make available for downloading larger jpeg and tiff files no matter where you are searching from. You can include "No known restrictions" in your search to try to focus on rights-free images. Most images produced under Federal Art Project auspices have this rights advisory.
  • Images that have a Rights Advisory of "Publication may be restricted" will display only thumbnail images outside Library of Congress buildings. Researchers can download larger files for such images when on site in any of the Library of Congress buildings while using Library public workstations or wireless connection. In downloading such images, researchers acknowledge that they are responsible for clearing any necessary permissions for use of potentially rights restricted images. Alternatively, researchers can purchase downloads of larger files through Library of Congress Duplication Services (see link below), acknowledging in placing the order that they are responsible for clearing any necessary permissions.

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