Rights & Reproductions

All materials on this website, including Stephen Foster's sketchbook, are owned by the University of Pittsburgh and may not be reproduced without prior written permission. For permission to reprint any of the images included on this website or contained in the Foster Hall Collection at the Center for American Music please see the detailed information below.

Please direct all requests to:


Center for American Music

106A Stephen Foster Memorial

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA 15260

412-624-4100 phone

412-624-7447 fax




Materials for use in publication including websites, exhibition, or any other public purpose require written permission of the Center for American Music.To request permission, please fill out the Center for American Music Usage Agreement form. All proposed commercial use of photographs and media must be stated in advance. A fee will be charged for all commercial use approved by the Center for American Music. Use of materials from the Center for American Music does not imply that the Center endorses the product, enterprise, opinions, or confirms the accuracy of any content in the publication or production.


Permission may be granted upon request for a one-time, non-exclusive use of photographs or media for publication, exhibition, documentary creation, or other purpose if the proposed use is specified and approved. Any subsequent use of a photograph or the media will require separate permission from the Center for American Music and may require payment of a separate use fee.

Proper credit (Foster Hall Collection, Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh Library System) must always be given. Any person, publication, or production company not meeting this requirement may be denied further use of the collections.

The person, publisher, or production company who requests permission to use a photograph or other media in their project is responsible for providing the Center for American Music with verification that proper use and credit has been made as specified in the original request and for which permission to use was granted. One copy of the completed work is considered fulfillment of the verification requirement.

The University of Pittsburgh reserves the right, at its discretion and without explanation, to limit the number of copies, retain the negatives, restrict the use or further reproduction of rare and valuable material, make special quotations on material involving unusual circumstances, and refuse requests that would risk damage to the original or (in the University's opinion) be inappropriate.

The copyright law of the U.S. (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 make a photocopy or reproduction. One of the 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.


All requests for photographic and media reproductions are filled in the order they are received. Search requests must be specific as to the intended use of the photograph, e.g., book, journal, magazine, website, exhibit, etc.In order to place an order, please fill out the Center for American Music reproduction request form.

Photograph and media duplication costs and search fees must be paid by cash, check, or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh. Photograph and media duplication is not permission to publish, broadcast, or exhibit. Since we rely on outside vendors to do much of our duplication, turn around times may vary.

Service Fees


black & white
.25 per page
Price varies due to outsourcing. A flat fee of $10.00 shall be charged for the handling and delivery to the outside vendors.
Usage fees  
$25.00 per item per edition, plus one copy of the completed publication
For profit
$75.00 per item per edition, plus one copy of completed publication
Digital images  
$25.00 per image (cost includes any digitization required and CD-R/DVD-R

Film Videotape, or audio tape

Domestic Use
$200 per minute or portion of minute for audio or visual images from the Center for American Music used in final product, for single, primary use. All rights reserved for second and subsequent uses.
Foreign Use
$300 per minute or portion of minute for audio or visual images from the Center for American Music used in final product for single, primary use. All rights for second and subsequent uses.

Photographic Reproduction

5 x 7 black/white or color
8 x 10 black/white or color
additional sizes available upon request
Video & filming fees  
$1,000.00 per day or portion of day for access to collections by television or film cameras or recording devices, including interviews
Special Research Service  
$50.00 per staff hour.
Sound Recordings  
78 rpm disc
Transfer from 78 rpm disc to CD: 1 song $15.00; entire album $20.00
Transfer from LP to CD: 1 song $15.00; entire album $25.00
Transfer from cassette to CD: 1 song $15.00; 1 side of cassette $25.00; entire cassette $45.00
other media transfers are quoted upon request
Postage & Handling  
10% cost of order, $1.50 minimum
15% cost of order, $4.00 minimum
Orders over $150.00
actual postage plus $10.00 handling






The Center for American Music is part of the University Pittsburgh Library System.Copyright 2013 Center for American Music. All content is protected by copyright and may not be copied and/or used without written consent.last updated September 19, 2012