Use and Reproduction
These projects are an attempt to take existing data sources and reformat them for online access. The HCGL has a collection of vessel data sheets created over the past thirty years and a collection of approximately 90,000 images of Great Lakes vessels. This image database is the end product of combining these two data formats into an online tool for researchers.
The materials on this web site have been made available for use in
research, teaching, and private study. For these purposes, you may
reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) materials from this
web site without prior permission, on the condition that you provide
proper attribution of the source in all copies (see below). Although
we don't require you to contact us in advance for these purposes, we
do appreciate hearing from teachers, students, and researchers who are
using our resources in interesting ways (send e-mail to the Archivist
of The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at
For other uses of materials from this web site -- i.e., commercial products, publication, broadcast, mirroring, and anything else that doesn't fall under "fair use" (explained below) -- we require that you contact us in advance for permission to reproduce. Please read on for more information.
Reproduction of Images
Reproductions of material from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes may be made only for use in the research, teaching, or private study of the recipient of the reproduction. They may not be made for or donated to other repositories by the recipient. They may not be further reproduced without permission.
The recipient agrees to give proper acknowledgement to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, and further agrees to secure permission in advance from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes to publish or broadcast any item, in whole or in part, from its collections. This permission may be granted in so far, and only in so far, as the rights of the HCGL are concerned. Persons wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights.
The recipient agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Bowling Green State University, its officers, employees and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions and expenses arising out of the use of reproductions provided by the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.
United States Copyright Law
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 specified 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.
For more information about copyright law and how it applies to information found on the Internet, see the Copyright Considerations page from UCSD. Stanford University also has an extensive web site that deals with copyright and fair use.
Obtaining Permission to Reproduce Materials
Due to the varying nature of the collections held by the HCGL, each collection may have different copyright or other reproduction restrictions placed on it. If you would like to reproduce materials from our collections in a way that does not fall under fair use (defined above), please contact us, specifying what materials you are interested in, and we will be able to inform you of any reproduction restrictions on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, we may be able to supply you with publication-quality slides or scanned images of the items you are requesting, so if you are interested in using materials in this format, please let us know.
Citing materials from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
When using materials from the HCGL, please acknowledge their source by clearly stating the name of the library and the collection in which you found the materials (i.e., Jesse Wells Church Papers, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University ). If the materials you are using were found on our web pages, please specify the URL (web address) of the page in which you found them.