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Rights & Use Statement

The contents of Washington Rural Heritage (WRH)—contributed by libraries and their collaborative partners—are publicly available for use in research, teaching, and private study.

All items may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Use of some items may also be subject to additional restrictions imposed by the copyright owner and/or the holding institution. Transmission or reproduction of a protected item requires the permission of the copyright owner and/or the holding institution. Requests for permission should be addressed to the organization identified in the "Rights and Use" field for any given item.

The nature of historical, archival, and manuscript collections often make it difficult to determine the exact copyright status of an item. Whenever possible, the holding institution or repository provides information about copyright owners and other restrictions in the information, or metadata, associated with digital items. The contributing institution provides this information to assist users in determining the copyright status of an item. Users are encouraged to contact the appropriate contributing institution (see "Projects & Partners" at right) for additional information regarding an item's copyright status. Ultimately, it is the user's responsibility to use material according to the terms governing its use.

Institutions participating in WRH provide descriptive information for each item digitized to assist users in determining the historical importance and cultural context of an item. In some instances, the holding institution has incomplete information about authors, publishers, or other persons associated with the materials in their collection. These institutions welcome comments from anyone who may have additional information about any of the items in the collection, especially copyright owners who are not properly identified, so that appropriate information may be provided to researchers and teachers in the future. In addition to contact information, each digital item has a place for users to post comments.

Conditions of Use

By their use of these digital images, texts, audio and video recordings, users agree to the following:

  • Materials may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior written permission from the copyright owner and/or owning institution. The Washington State Library (WSL) does not have authority to grant such permission.

  • Materials may be used for purposes of research, teaching and private study. Please check the item record for the “Contributing Institution” and “Rights and Use" to determine who to contact for additional permissions.

  • Credit must be given to the “Contributing Institution.”

  • Materials may not be re-published in print or electronic form without prior written permission from the copyright owner and owning institution

  • Materials may not be mounted on an additional server for public use, or for use by a set of subscribers without prior written permission from the copyright owner and holding institution.

Collections Disclaimer

The institutions with digital collections hosted in WRH provide copyright information as a service to the general public in determining the proper use of an item. Users of this site are ultimately responsible for determining copyright restrictions and for obtaining written permission. The Washington State Library (WSL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) will not be held responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages arising out of or relating to the use of the information and materials linked to or found on this website. If the copyright of an item in a collection is in dispute, WSL/OSOS will remove the digital item from the collection until the dispute is resolved.

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Projects & Partners

A total of 148 cultural institutions have participated in the Washington Rural Heritage initiative to date.  For local rights & use policies, attribution instructions, and contact information, please see the following pages:

  • Asotin County Heritage
    • Asotin County Library
    • Asotin County Museum
  • Clear Lake Heritage
    • Clear Lake Community Historical Association
    • Sedro-Woolley Public Library
  • Columbia County Heritage
    • Blue Mountain Heritage Society
    • Columbia County Rural Library District
    • Dayton Historic Depot Society
  • Colville National Forest Heritage Collection (2014 grant project, in process)
    • Colville National Forest
    • Kettle Falls Public Library, SCRLD
  • Connell Heritage
    • Connell Branch, Mid-Columbia Libraries
    • Connell Downtown Development Association
    • Connell Heritage Museum
    • Franklin County Graphic
  • Ellensburg Heritage
    • Ellensburg Public Library
  • Enumclaw Heritage
    • Enumclaw Public Library
    • Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society
    • Foothills Historical Society and Museum
  • Garfield County Heritage
    • Denny Ashby Library (Pomeroy, WA)
    • Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum
    • Garfield County Museum
  • Grandview Heritage
    • Grandview Library
    • R.E. Powell Museum
  • Kiona-Benton City Heritage
    • Benton City Branch, Mid-Columbia Libraries
    • Benton City Historical Society
    • Karolina Lorz Foundation
  • Lincoln County Heritage
    • Davenport Public Library
    • Lincoln County Historical Museum
  • Lopez Island Heritage
    • Lopez Island Historical Society
    • Lopez Island Library
  • Lummi Island Heritage
    • Friends of the Island Library (FOIL)
    • Island Library, Whatcom County Library System
  • Medical Lake Heritage (2014 grant, in process)
    • Medical Lake Library, Spokane County Library District
    • Medical Lake Historical Society
  • Mount Baker Foothills Heritage Collection (2014 grant, in process)
    • Deming Library, Whatcom County Library System
    • Nesset Family Trust
  • Nisqually Canoe Journeys
    • Nisqually Tribal Library
  • Nooksack Valley Heritage
    • Everson McBeath Community Library, Whatcom County Library System
    • Lynden Pioneer Museum
    • Whatcom Museum
  • North Central Washington Heritage
    • Douglas County Historical Association
    • Ferry County Historical Society
    • Grand County Historical Society
    • Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS)
    • Lake Chelan Historical Society
    • North Central Regional Library
    • Okanogan County Historical Society
  • North Olympic Heritage
    • Port Angeles Public Library, North Olympic Library System
  • North Pend Oreille Heritage
    • Metalines Community Library, Pend Oreille County Library District
  • Ocean Shores Heritage
    • Ocean Shores Public Library
  • Odessa Heritage
    • Odessa Historisches Museum
    • Odessa Public Library
  • Orcas Island Heritage
    • Orcas Island Historical Museum
    • Orcas Island Public Library
  • Palouse Heritage Collection (in process)
    • Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
  • Prosser Heritage
    • Benton County Museum and Historical Society
    • Prosser Branch, Mid-Columbia Libraries
  • Puyallup Heritage (2014 grant, in process)
    • Puyallup Public Library
  • Ritzville Heritage
    • Adams County Historical Society
    • Ritzville Public Library
  • Roslyn Heritage
    • Roslyn Public Library
    • Roslyn Museum
  • San Juan Island Heritage
    • San Juan Historical Museum
    • San Juan Island Library District
    • San Juan Island National Historic Park
    • Town of Friday Harbor
  • Sedro-Woolley Heritage
    • Sedro-Woolley Museum
    • Sedro-Woolley Public Library
  • Skamania County Heritage
    • North Bonneville Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
    • Stevenson Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
  • South Whidbey Heritage
    • Langley Library, Sno-Isle Libraries
    • South Whidbey Historical Society
  • Stevens County Heritage
    • Cedonia Community Church
    • Heritage Network
    • Libraries of Stevens County
    • Northport Historical Society
  • Vashon Island Heritage
    • Vashon Library, King County Library System
    • Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association
  • Wahkiakum County Heritage
    • Cathlamet Public Library
    • Wahkiakum County Historical Society
  • Walla Walla County Heritage
    • Walla Walla County Rural Library District
  • Whitman County Heritage
    • Battle Days Museum
    • City of Colfax
    • Guy Albion Historical Society & Museum
    • McCoy Valley Museum, Oakesdale Historical Society
    • Palouse Empire Fair
    • Pine City Historical Society
    • Rosalia Visitors Resource and Interpretive Center
    • Roy M. Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum
    • Tekoa Museum
    • Whitman County Library
    • WSU Libraries - Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
  • Yakima County Heritage
    • Sunnyside Historical Society
    • Sunnyside Library, Yakima Valley Libraries
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