Publication & Use

Acadia’s Archives & Special Collections does not hold copyright for much of the material in the collection. The researcher assumes full responsibility for avoiding infringement of copyright and securing publication rights. To protect the personal information of our donors, we are unable to provide contact information for copyright holders.

Acadia Archives & Special Collections will only supply permission to publish items for which we are unambiguously the copyright holder. If Acadia is not the copyright holder, we cannot supply permission to publish or use material.

Canadian copyright law specifies certain situations in which copyright-protected material may be reproduced without permission or payment. If your copying of our material is insubstantial, qualifies as fair dealing, or falls under another exception in the Copyright Act, you do not need permission. It is up to the researcher to ensure that their use of the material falls under such an exception.

Much of the material in our collection is in the public domain. If a work is in the public domain, you do not need permission to use the material.

Published materials may not be modified or altered without written agreement from Archives & Special Collections and a note in the credit line. Acknowledgement of Archives & Special Collections is required, following appropriate citation practices.

To request permission to publish materials in our collection for which Archives & Special Collections is the copyright holder, please complete the following form. You may expect a response within three weeks. A fee may apply for commercial, for-profit use or publication. Copy and scan fees may apply; see the Copy & Scan Policy for more information.

Request Permission to Publish

Please complete and submit this form to request permission to publish material from the Archives or Special Collections at Acadia University. You may expect a response to your publication request within three weeks.

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How to Cite

Citation style guides include information about the sources found in archives and special collections. Consult the style guides in the Library for assistance.

Material in special collections is published. Follow the citation style for the format (book, newspaper, etc.) suggested in the guide.

Material in the archives is unpublished. Citation styles often require specific details about the material. We have created a document to help with the citation of primary sources. Please use this document in conjunction with the appropriate citation style guide.