Disclaimer and Copyright Information

As part of its educational mission, the Alaska Native Language Archive makes digital images of selected items from its collections available via online. The contents of the collections (including text, manuscripts, sound and video recordings, photographs, etc.) are made publicly available for purposes of research, education, and private study.


Material in the Archives does not necessarily reflect any official position of ANLA, the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, or the University of Alaska. The content of some material may be considered sensitive, reflecting the culture or language of a period or place. Some materials may have special significance for Indigenous communities and other cultural groups, and users are encouraged to be sensitive to this.


The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

ANLA does not hold intellectual property rights over many of its collections, especially older, “legacy” materials collected before the Archive’s formal establishment. Some legacy materials are copies of records held by other institutions. For records subject to US copyright, rights governing use typically belong to the parties who created the records or their heirs and assigns. For example, both the interviewer and the interviewee might possess the copyright to a recorded interview.

Some collections, or items within collections, are governed by US copyright law. Fair use, as defined by US copyright law may apply to the use of some or all of these materials. All other uses of copyrighted material requires the prior consent of the US copyright holders or the use of an existing copyright license. Copying, downloading, or distributing materials subject to copyright protections outside of the parameters set by the fair use exception to US copyright law and without an appropriate license from the copyright holder(s) may constitute copyright infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement may be extensive, even if such use is for non-commercial purposes.

Users of archive materials are responsible for determining what U.S. copyright laws apply depending on their intended use. ANLA encourages users to conduct a fair use analysis; Columbia University’s Fair Use Checklist may be used to inform your evaluation. ANLA cannot make a fair use determination for users. Users should also consider the availability of applicable copyright licenses authorizing the intended use.

Inquiries about use of ANLA records for non-fair use purposes should be directed to the rights holders rather than the Archive. For materials published by the Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC), please contact uaf-anlc [@] alaska.edu. The lack of an identified copyright holder for any material should not be construed to mean that no copyright holder exists.

Users are responsible for obtaining copyright permission and determining other legal restrictions that may apply to the material’s use and distribution such as privacy and publicity rights, contractual agreements, and other restrictions. 

Please note that appropriate use of Indigenous materials can exceed the scope of US copyright law. ANLA requests that users respect any conditions of use specified alongside any available materials, and that users consult with relevant cultural heritage organizations or authorities to ensure proper and respectful use of potentially culturally sensitive materials.


As a matter of good scholarly practice, we recommend that users of ANLA materials cite the ANLA and/or the appropriate web page as the source of the materials. We also recommend, where applicable, that users retain a record of their fair use (PDF) determinations or attempts to secure permissions.

Materials governed by Deeds of Gift between ANLA and donors may be available for download and scholarly, academic, or other non-commercial use under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licenses. Please contact ANLA for which materials are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


Text adapted, with permission, from University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library Digital Collections Disclaimer and Copyright Information statement.  Retrieved on March 2, 2022 from https://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/research/scholarly-communication/repositories/policies-guidelines/copyright-policy/


In making collections available online, ANLA takes steps to identify and remediate sensitive information that could threaten the privacy and security of individuals, organizations, or other entities represented in the collection(s). We also make efforts to ensure that we have the appropriate rights necessary to provide access to our digital collections.

Despite these efforts, material that is private, culturally sensitive, or that is in violation of copyright laws may inadvertently be published online. In such cases, individuals whose private or culturally sensitive information is exposed, or rights holders who are concerned that material in our digital collections violates their rights, may submit takedown requests. Please submit takedown requests to uaf-anla [@] alaska.edu or by mail to Alaska Native Language Archive, Rasmuson Library, 1732 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK 99775.

Please include the following information in your request:

  1. Your full name and contact information (mailing address, phone number, email address).
  2. A statement as to whether you are making this request for yourself or on behalf of another.
  3. Identifying information concerning the material for which you are submitting the takedown request. Providing URLs in your communication is the best way to help us locate content quickly.
  4. An explanation with as much detail as possible regarding why you believe this material should not be available online.
  5. URL and/or collection name.

Based on your request, the appropriate person/collection manager will reach out promptly to discuss your concerns. You may be asked to provide additional supporting information.