Credit Line, Citations, and Copyright

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How to use images from the CMCH collection

The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History is committed to digitizing its collections to make them available remotely to users everywhere. Digital reproductions of images, manuscripts, and artifacts in the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History collection are available for personal, educational, and in some instances commercial use.

When using an image from the CMCH collection in any way other than for personal use, there are three things to be aware of: the credit line, citations, and copyright.

Credit Line and Citations

A credit line acknowledges, in a caption that appears next to a reproduction, the source of the reproduction. If there is limited space, the credit line can simply read, “The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History.” If there is room in the space allotted for the caption, the full citation can be used.

The full citation should appear somewhere in the published or displayed work, possibly in an image list. The following information should appear in the full citation:

Manuscripts: Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box number, Folder number), The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. Example:

Punderson Family Papers, 1760-1790. Box 2, Folder 1. Ms 98531, The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History.

Museum objects: Title, Maker, Place, Date, Media, Source, Accession number, The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. Example:

And She Had Compassion on Him; embroidered and painted by Ruth Green; 1815-1825; embroidery: paint, chenille yarn, paper and gold foil on a plain-woven silk ground; gold paint, wood; gift of Mrs. Caroline T. Jones; 1921.5.0a-c; The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History


Copyright is the legal protection of original works from reproduction, derivation, and/or public display or performance, by anyone other than the creator of said works. As stated in the Conditions of Use on the CMCH’s Request for Permission to Publish form, “the requestor must seek permission from the creator of the original work or from the original copyright holder.” This means that you bear the responsibility of determining whether or not the work in question is still protected by copyright laws.

The good news is, there are a number of resources available to help you!

For more information, please contact

Related CMCH Information and Forms

CHS Digital Reproductions

Digital Reproduction Processing Fees (PDF) 

Digital Reproduction Order Form (PDF) 

Permission to Quote Form (PDF) 

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