MVZ Archives

Terms of Use Policy

All Archival materials including photographs, digital media, field notebook pages, correspondence, etc., may not be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed or otherwise used, in whole or in part, without written permission from the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ). These materials may be reprinted and distributed for academic and other uses with express written permission. No materials may be used for financial gain or resale.

Materials may be used, downloaded, reproduced, publicly displayed, distributed or reprinted for scientific and scholarly purposes, with permission provided that the following attribution appears in all published use: “With the permission of The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley” or “Courtesy of The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley”

Use of photographs or other MVZ digital objects on personal or academic web sites must be authorized by the MVZ. Images must be credited to the “Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.”

Permission is given for ONE TIME USE only.

Charges may apply for use of MVZ images or digital representations of MVZ Archives material, at any digital resolution. Please request the current fee schedule.


Physical copies of MVZ written materials and photographs are charged at cost. Please request the current fee schedule.

All duplication orders are accepted at the discretion of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The MVZ Archives reserves the right to refuse to duplicate materials considered too brittle, fragile, or tightly bound. Reproductions of original materials may not be transferred to any other institution or individual without written permission.

The MVZ Archives is not responsible for determining the copyright status of the material or for securing copyright permission. Possession of a reproduction does not constitute permission to use it. Permission to use reproductions other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of both the MVZ Archives and the copyright holder.

The copyright law of the United States (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 furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these 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 a duplication order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


The user agrees to indemnify the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives against all claims, demands, costs, and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of MVZ Archives.