Copyright and Use

Using Materials from UTSA Special Collections

UTSA Special Collections provides copies of materials to facilitate private study, scholarship, or research. We welcome you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law.

If you wish to publish, reproduce, or make use of any materials you must assume all responsibility in determining and obtaining copyright permissions. If UTSA does not clearly hold the copyright to an item, we cannot grant or deny permission to use that material.

We ask that any reuse include a proper citation or credit line acknowledging UTSA Special Collections as the repository of the original materials.


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

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the 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 reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Fair Use

Even if a work is in copyright, certain educational and scholarly uses may be exempt under US copyright law Fair Use doctrine. You are responsible for learning about fair use and making your own fair use determination. If a work is in copyright and you cannot make a strong fair use case, permission from the copyright holder may be required to avoid liability for copyright infringement.

To learn more about fair use and fair use analysis, see the following resources:

Order Reproductions

Please submit a request to order an image or other reproduction.