Digital Collections Copyright & Use

Copyright Information

The Congregational Library's digital collections program is an ever-growing online resource of primary and secondary sources. The purpose of these digital collections is to offer local, national, and worldwide users online access to a wide range of resources that are either owned or held by the library.

These materials are made available solely for educational or scholarly purposes. Users must keep intact, and not modify or remove any copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the original screens on any copy you make. You are not permitted to sell, lease, license, rent, transfer, disassemble, modify, post, or publish any aspect of the materials, or authorize others to use these materials for commercial purposes. Any use of these materials, or any works derived from them, that are primarily directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation is prohibited. Before any material from the Congregational Library collections may be published, the permission of the library or other owners of specific materials must be obtained in writing. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain such permission. The Copyright Act (PL 94-553), effective January 1, 1978, provides protection for all writings from the date of creation whether or not they are formally copyrighted. The law extends copyright protection until December 31, 2002, to all unpublished works now protected under common law. If you have any questions about publication or reproduction policies, contact the librarian or the archivist.

The Congregational Library is not, under any circumstances, responsible for the unauthorized use or redistribution of digital collections found on this website.


Use of Digital Records

The digital collections presented on the Congregational Library website are owned or held by the Congregational Library and are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership of the materials is properly cited. For any other use, please contact Zachary Bodnar at

Transcriptions are the result of countless hours of labor and are not in the public domain. Any unauthorized reproduction will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.