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Illustrated English Language Periodicals in the Library of Congress

Rights & Reproductions

For researchers hoping to copy and publish images from the illustrated periodicals, 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

Because the original volumes of the illustrated periodicals in P&P are not generally served for preservation reasons, researchers can make copies from surrogates: images on microfilm and in electronic databases.

Quality Copies

It is possible to purchase quality scans of individual items through Library of Congress Duplication Services. A link to the Duplication Services web site is provided below. In placing an order, researchers should cite:

  • call number of the original volume
  • volume number
  • date
  • page number (and area on the page, if relevant, for example, 'upper left')
  • caption

Supplying a reference copy helps to ensure accurate fulfillment of the request.

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.
  • Digitized images that have a Rights Advisory of "Publication may be restricted" will display only thumbnail size 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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