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Copyright and Publication

Files, photographs, oral histories, and related materials in the Gallery Archives may be consulted on request. Some materials have been digitized and are available online; however, it is likely that a visit to the Gallery Archives Research Room will be required. Contact us for more information.


The National Gallery of Art does not hold copyright to all documents and images in the Gallery Archives. Archival staff will provide available information on copyright status; however, the researcher is responsible for observing copyright requirements and for any infringement resulting from inappropriate use.

In most cases copyright in oral history interviews has been given to the National Gallery of Art. Gallery Archives staff will provide specific information by request.

Permission to Publish

Researchers are permitted to use information from archival materials and fair use quotations from archival documents without any further authorization. This permission applies to publications in print or electronic form.

Written permission must be obtained from the Gallery Archives prior to publication of photographs or reproductions of documents or substantial quotes from them. The receipt of a copy does not constitute permission to publish.

In granting permission to publish images or documents, the National Gallery of Art does not surrender its own right to publish the materials or to grant permission to others to publish them, nor does it assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or any other rights in the materials.

As noted above, the National Gallery of Art may not be the owner of copyright or other literary property or other rights in archival materials. The researcher is responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions to publish or use specific documents from the copyright holder.

Any published opinions or statements based on archival research are solely the responsibility of the author.


Published citations must give the source of the documents as National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives. Scholarly publications must also include the title of the record group, series, and folder from which the documents are drawn. Examples of the preferred form for citations will be provided on request.


If approved, permission to publish documents, including photographs, will be given without charge; however, fees may be required for special services, including new photography or digital copying.


Gallery Archives
Telephone: 202-842-6615
Fax: 202-842-6948
Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address
Gallery Archives
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Research Room Location
National Gallery of Art West Building
Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565