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HIST 3468: Public History

A helpful guide to the resources needed to create your Omeka exhibit

Creating Omeka Exhibits

Copyright Guidelines

It is essential that items used in Coates Library Omeka exhibits are in full compliance with United States copyright law. Any material that is found to not be in compliance will be immediately removed by library staff.

What you can use:

  • Items in the public domain (generally, published in the United States before 1923). For questions about determining public domain status of materials published outside the US, please contact a librarian.
  • Items where Trinity University owns the copyright. In most cases, Trinity obtains the intellectual property rights of materials that are given by their creators to the Archives. Items created by third parties are not included in this copyright transfer.
    • Example: In the Claude Black Papers, the writings of Rev. Black were his intellectual property, which then transferred to his grandson upon his death. His heir transferred the intellectual property rights to Trinity with the physical collection. However, the collection includes numerous magazines, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, etc. The copyright of these items remains with the original creator/publisher, and they cannot be reproduced without permission.
  • Items where another individual or corporation owns the copyright, but has granted permission in writing to have it reproduced on the library website.
    • Example: A recording produced by radio station KTSA of Claude Black speaking at a rally. The library contacted the radio station, who granted the library permission to reproduce the recording with a note stating that the radio station owns the copyright.

Copyright is tricky, and you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Contact your librarian ( or ask for help at the library reference desk if you need assistance determining the copyright status of material you wish to use.

Sample Exhibits

Need inspiration? Check out these Omeka exhibits that other scholars have created: 

The Life and Work of Architect William Ward Watkin - Rice University

No More Invisible Women - Lesbian Herstory Archives

Celebrating Hyde Park - City of Boston Archives

Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal - Digital Public Library of America

Appalachian Dulcimer Archive - Vanderbilt University