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Conditions of Use

These conditions of use pertain to the Wisconsin Historical Museum Online Collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Online visitors are welcome to use the information, visual and textual, provided in the online museum collections tours for their own personal use, including private study, scholarship, and research.

The Wisconsin Historical Society must be notified in advance of any intention to redistribute, repackage, display, or sell information in these tours in any form, published or unpublished, printed or electronic. The Wisconsin Historical Society will require proper credit and may require a permission fee.

All images are documentation-quality and are not intended for publication. Images are copyright Wisconsin Historical Society, which reserves all rights. Written permission must be obtained for the use of any image. The Historical Society charges publication fees for digital images. Publication-quality images may be requested, and an additional photography charge will apply.

Permission for commercial use or any publication, manipulation, display or distribution is only granted by written application to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Permissions are for one-time use only, are contingent on a set of agreements, and may be obtained by contacting the Museum's Chief Curator, Paul Bourcier.

The Wisconsin Historical Society must be properly credited in any publication in which data and/or images from these online tours are used, and the Society should be provided with a complimentary copy of that publication.

The Wisconsin Historical Society must be notified in advance of any intention to make replicas or reproductions of Museum collections based on the visual and textual information provided in these tours. A licensing agreement with the Historical Society must be arranged in order to sell replicas and reproductions. An agreement may be arranged by contacting the Museum's Chief Curator, Paul Bourcier.

Because of copyright restrictions, some material may not be available for public use. All users assume responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise in publishing images and data and in the creation of reproductions of collections. In some cases, copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult to determine. Whenever possible, the Wisconsin Historical Society provides information about copyright owners and other restrictions. The Society provides such information as a service to aid patrons in determining the appropriate use of an item, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the patron. The Wisconsin Historical Society, its officers and employees are held harmless from any action involving infringement of the rights of any person or heirs and descendants in common law or under statutory copyright.

The Wisconsin Historical Society reserves the right to refuse to grant permission for the use of data and images to those who have not complied with its policies.

Violators of these conditions of use are liable for prosecution to the fullest extent allowed by law.


Accuracy of Information

The data in this on-line tour comes from a variety of sources - old accession ledgers, catalog cards, donor correspondence, and a variety of primary and secondary references, as well as from visual inspection of the artifacts themselves. Although we have made every attempt to assure the authenticity and reliability of data, the Wisconsin Historical Society cannot guarantee its accuracy and is not responsible for any loss, damage, or injury resulting from its use.

If you find any inaccuracies, misspellings, or errors in identification, attribution, or interpretation, please contact either Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History (for children's clothing, quilts, dolls, or samplers), Joe Kapler, Joe Kapler, Curator of Cultural History (for paintings or ceramic art), or Paul Bourcier, Chief Curator (for moccasins). Whenever errors are confirmed, corrections will be made to the master database as soon as possible. The online tour will be updated accordingly on a periodic basis.