Requesting Permission to Quote from Manuscripts

Permission is not required to publish brief quotations from manuscripts in the collections in the American Antiquarian Society and we charge no fees for such quotations. However, such quotations should be properly cited and acknowledgement given to AAS.

Permission is required for lengthy quotations or publication of entire works, including complete letters. Requests should include complete information about the anticipated publication, including title, publisher, and expected date of publication. There may be a licensing fee for publishing complete manuscript works or facsimiles of manuscripts. See

Requests should be directed to

American Antiquarian Society
Attn: Graphic Arts Department
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Telephone: (508) 755-5221 x126
Fax: (508) 754-9069
Email: reproductions[at]

(NOTE: Permission is not needed to quote from out-of copyright printed materials in the Society's collections although acknowledgement of the use of such materials is appreciated.)

The American Antiquarian Society can claim only physical ownership of the material in question, not any copyrights or other intangible rights therein. Responsibility for identifying copyright owners and obtaining their permission must be assumed by users wishing to publish this material.

Under the provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, which took effect January 1, 1978, unpublished manuscripts by authors who died before 1933 became part of the public domain on January 1, 2003. As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For further information, please refer to the U.S. Copyright Office website at

For information on the copyright law, see the following web page of the Library of Congress:

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