Rights, Reuse, and Open Access

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In accordance with its mission, The Wende Museum is committed to a policy of broad public access. The Museum strives to provide free and open online access to works in its collections and products of scholarship based on its collections.

Online Collections

The Wende Museum provides free access to digital versions of its artifacts for purposes of education and research. Access does not confer rights to reuse. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use or other exemptions requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Many of the works in the Museum’s catalog are presumed to be under copyright, but due to the nature of archival collections we are not always able to identify rights information. It is the sole responsibility of the user to determine whether legal permission is necessary for reuse, and to obtain such permission. In cases where we have information about existing rights holders, we are happy to share it. If you have additional information about an item in our catalog, we are eager to hear from you at catalog@wendemuseum.org.  

Citing The Wende Museum

The Wende Museum provides access to its online catalog records (metadata) without restrictions. This means that you are free to share and reuse texts contained in the catalog records; we simply ask that you attribute them to The Wende Museum whenever feasible, for example by citing the URL for the catalog record and noting “courtesy of The Wende Museum.” If you reference our collection in a publication, please contact us at research@wendemuseum.org so that we can track how our materials are being used and draw attention to your work. We request that scholars provide a link to an open-access version of their publications whenever feasible.

Takedown Policy

The Wende Museum approaches provision of access to its collections with a commitment to ethical, well-intentioned practice. If you are concerned that you have found material on our website to which you hold the rights and for which you have not given permission, please contact us at catalog@wendemuseum.org. Upon request, we will remove material from public view while we address rights concerns.

Wende Museum Publications

The intellectual property of publications by Wende Museum employees resides with the authors. The Museum maintains a policy that copies of scholarly publications created under the terms of an individual’s employment and referencing the Museum’s collections be made freely available, either on the Museum’s website or the open-access portal of the publication, or both. The authors grant The Wende Museum a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to make their scholarly products available, except where they have entered into an incompatible licensing agreement. The Museum will work with publishers to break down barriers to open access.


The Wende Museum is a lending institution. We regularly loan objects from our collection for exhibitions at other institutions and welcome opportunities to collaborate. To make a request, please email collection@wendemuseum.org.