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Pete Seeger and a Freedom School class in 1964

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Copyright Policy

The resources provided by the The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries as a part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive are made available for the specific purposes of research, teaching, and personal study. Under Fair Use, users may make a single reproduction (print or download) for these purposes, on the condition that they adequately attribute credit to The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries in any resulting works (see guidelines for citation).

Under U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) unpublished works created prior to 1978 are automatically given Federal copyright protection until December 31, 2002. Thus, use of resources from the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive for publication, broadcast, mirroring, or other applications not considered Fair Use requires permission of the copyright holder.

It is the sole responsibility of the user to identify and secure permission from the copyright holder to make reproductions of copyrighted resources. Recipients of resources agree to indemnify and hold harmless The University of Southern Mississippi, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of the use of reproductions provided by the USM Libraries.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Special Collections Digital Lab can provide digital images of specific items in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive that are of much higher quality than those provided via the Internet for use in publication or broadcast. Advance permission of the copyright holders and resolution of privacy concerns are conditional to receiving such images. The University of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to refuse to provide a reproduction for a user if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law.


Materials provided as view-only files are not to be reproduced without express permission from the copyright holder. Disabling or circumventing security measures put in place by the University of Southern Mississippi may violate federal or other statutes and may subject the violator to criminal and civil penalties. In the event of unauthorized intrusion, all relevant information regarding possible violation of law may be provided to law enforcement officials.

Citation Guidelines

When using materials from the digital archives, please provide a complete citation containing the following information:

Name of the specific archives (i.e., Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive)
URL of resource
Name of source collection (i.e., Will D. Campbell papers)
McCain Library & Archives, University of Southern Mississippi

The contents of this page were last revised in February 2004.

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