Responsibilities of users of unpublished works

Students, faculty, staff, and community members use unpublished materials at the NDSU Archives and Germans from Russian Heritage Collection for research, personal use, and publications. It is the responsibility of the these user to obtain permission from the copyright holder for publication purposes.

Fair use: Most students, faculty, staff, and community members will freely use unpublished materials under the "fair use" clause of the US Copyright Law. However, users must be careful that their use is indeed covered under fair use. Review the "Fair Use" tab at the top of this page for more information.

Obtaining permission from a copyright holder: If a student, faculty, staff, or community member wishes to use unpublished materials for publication purposes, it is their duty to obtain permission to do so.

The NDSU Archives and Germans from Russia Heritage Collection owns copyright for many of their archival material. Consult with staff members to determine in the NDSU Archives or GRHC own copyright to the collection you are using. If so, they can provide permission.

If the NDSU Archives or Germans from Russian Heritage Collection do not own copyright, the user must seek permission from the copyright holder. It is NOT the duty of the NDSU Archives or GRHC to do so for you. They can provide you with contact information of the copyright holder if available.

It is important to note that authors can retain their copyright privileges even after donating unpublished works to an archives.