Alaska's Digital Archives


Rights Statement, Copyright Notice & Disclaimer

The University of Alaska Museum of the North's images in Alaska’s Digital Archives (VILDA) may be printed or downloaded by individuals, schools, or libraries for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching without permission. Any fair use, as defined by copyright law, is acceptable.

Permission to reproduce these images in any other form must be obtained in writing from the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Includes but is not limited to: electronic or paper publishing, websites, film, DVD, CD, video, exhibits, interior design, product presentation or advertising. Applicant is solely responsible for providing correct identifiers.

The UA Museum of the North reserves the right to refuse an application if it is apparent that the proposed use would violate copyright law or compromise the authenticity of the material as an historical document.  Applicants must assume full responsibility for questions of potential copyright violations.

Copyright of historical archival collections may be difficult or impossible to determine. The museum would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified in Alaska’s Digital Archives.

Information on copyright is available at the Library of Congress and Stanford University.


Intellectual Property and Cultural Knowledge

The University of Alaska Museum of the North recognizes that some materials may have special significance for Alaska Native communities and other cultural groups. Researchers are encouraged to be aware of the cultural or intellectual property rights that pertain to some aspects of traditional knowledge.

Researchers should also educate themselves about the various state, national, and international efforts to protect the cultural and intellectual property rights of Indigenous Peoples, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Articles 11 and 31) and the Alaska Native Knowledge Network’s Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge.

Another guide for understanding responsible use of Alaska Native and Native American archival materials is the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials.


Permission for Alaska's Digital Archives Photos

Note: Alaska’s Digital Archives is a consortium of several different Alaskan institutions. The University of Alaska Museum of the North only handles requests for its collections.

If you plan to use one of the museum's photos from the site for anything other than fair use or if you require a high-resolution or non-digitized photo, please contact one of the following personnel.

Archaeology Collection
Scott Shirar  --  474-6943

Fine Arts Collection
Mareca Guthrie  --  474-5102

Ethnology and History Collection
Angela Linn  --  474-1828

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