Terms of Use

We encourage you to use the material on this website for research, teaching, and private study. You are also welcome to reproduce (print, make photocopies, duplicate, or download) material from this website.

Keep in mind that not everything on this website is in the public domain. Copyright in specific items may be held by Amherst College or by other institutions, organizations, or individuals. Individual items may be subject to specific copyright restrictions or other rules. As a user of Amherst College Digital Collections (ACDC), it is your responsibility to ensure that the way you are using content from this website conforms with copyright law, and you assume full responsibility for any legal questions that arise from your use of material in these collections.

Please note that every item in ACDC includes an “Access and Use” statement at the bottom of the item description. That is a good starting place for you to determine whether and how you can use that item. For more information about copyright, see the library’s Copyright & Fair Use page.

Orphan Works

An orphan work is a work that is presumably still protected by copyright, but the owner of the copyright cannot be identified or located.

To determine if a work is orphaned Amherst College Digital Programs and Archives & Special Collections will perform due diligence to identify and locate a copyright holder following the guidelines and strategies outlined in section three of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) “Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices”.

A reasonable effort will be made to:

  • Identify the creator of the work
  • Identify the copyright holder of the work
  • Locate the copyright holder of the work
  • Document the process

If, after performing due diligence to identify and locate a copyright holder, a work is determined to be orphaned, Amherst College Digital Collections and Archives & Special Collections may choose to make the work available digitally based on the principles outlined in section two of the SAA “Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices”.

Take Down Policy

We try to identify all material subject to copyright, trademark, and privacy restrictions, and we limit access to such material as appropriate. We also make mistakes, and we ask rights holders to contact us immediately if they discover errors on our part.

If you own the copyright to any material in this collection and you wish to challenge our use of that material, please contact John Manley. Please include the following:

  1. The name, address, and signature (physical or electronic reproduction) of the rights holder. NOTE: If you are an agent for the rights holder, you must present a statement from the rights holder authorizing you to act on their behalf.
  2. Information sufficient for us to identify the material at issue.
  3. A statement by the rights holder that he or she did not authorize our use of restricted material.
  4. A statement under penalty of perjury that (a) all information in the complaint is accurate and, (b) the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Indigenous Knowledge

We also strive to be sensitive to privacy concerns and the sharing of indigenous knowledge through material in Amherst College Digital Collections. If you have a concern about privacy or see indigenous knowledge in ACDC that you believe should be redacted or taken down, please contact us.


Please provide full citations—including location—in all references to our material. Citations of archival material generally take the following format:

  • Clear and succinct description of the item
  • Date [format year/month/day]
  • Location in collection
  • Collection title
  • Repository information

The information for the first three bullet points can be found by consulting the collection materials or the contents list portion of the finding aid.


Charles Darwin letter to Edward Hitchcock, 1845 November 6, in Box 3, Folder 8, Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library. <https://acdc.amherst.edu/view/asc:73442>
Shen Jiawei, Drawing Portrait of Private Wang Shu-ja, 1974, in Collection of Shen Jiawei, Amherst College Digital Collections, Amherst College Library. <https://acdc.amherst.edu/view/vr:717903>
Smith, John. Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. <http://acdc.amherst.edu/view/oo:561973>

We encourage you to send us a free copy of any publication in which you reference or quote from items in our Archives & Special Collections.

Further Questions?

Please address all questions about the website and digital content to Digital Programs Department Staff. Any questions about the original archival materials presented here can be directed to Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.