Conditions of Use

Users of the American Museum of Natural History Library's Photo Collection acknowledge and agree to the following Conditions of Use:

The images and data in this collection are protected by copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The American Museum of Natural History retains all rights, including copyright, in data, images, software, documentation, text, and other information contained in these files. Copyright and other proprietary rights may be held by individuals or entities other than, or in addition to, the Museum. See below.

Copying or redistribution in any manner for commercial use, including commercial publication or for personal gain, without prior permission, is strictly prohibited. All requests for commercial licensing should be directed to Reproduction and Licensing.

The images and data in the American Museum of Natural History Library's Photo Collection are provided for non-commercial, educational, and personal use or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws, subject to any additional terms or restrictions which may be applicable to the individual image. By downloading, printing, or otherwise using content files from this website, users agree and warrant that they will limit their use of such materials to personal, educational or fair use and will comply with all other terms and conditions of this license, and will not violate the rights of the American Museum of Natural History or any other person or entity.

Non-commercial users may download these files for their own use provided that they comply with the following conditions:

An individual's image will be removed from the site upon request from that individual.

Responsibility for obtaining model releases for commercial use of these images is the responsibility of the licensee not the Museum.

The text, images and content on the Picturing the Museum website are provided as is without a warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular use, and/or non-infringement. The Museum assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damage to or viruses that may infect your computer equipment or other property on account of your use of the Museums site or your downloading of any text, images or content from the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:May I copy unaltered individual images to include in my paper, Power point presentation or on my web site?
A:Yes, if it for educational or non-commercial use. The images should include the credit line: American Museum of Natural History Library and the image number.

Q:How do I obtain permission to use a photograph in a publication or on a commercial web site?
A: If you want to include images from this collection in a publication or other commercial use, you need to obtain permission in advance. Permission for use is granted on a case-by-case basis. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use. Inquiries concerning the commercial reuse of images from the American Museum of Natural History Library's Photo Database should be directed to Reproduction and Licensing.

The Museum may at any time revise these Conditions of Use by updating this page. You are bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page to review the then-current Conditions of Use.