Permission To Publish and Citation Style

Permission to examine manuscripts and photographs is not an authorization to publish them. Usually, the copyright to materials is owned by the society, a private individual, or an organization. In order to protect those rights, the society has established specific policies and procedures.

Permission to Publish Photographs
Permission to publish photographs must be obtained from the Image Reproduction Department. Click on the Permissions Pricing link for more information or contact [email protected].

Permission to Publish Manuscripts and Archives
Permission to publish (which will ordinarily be granted) must be obtained in writing from the Special Collections Librarian. We ask in exchange that MdHS receive a copy of the finished work.  In giving permission to publish a manuscript, the Maryland Historical Society does not surrender its own right to publish the manuscript or to grant permission to others to publish it; nor does the society assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of literary or publication rights to the manuscript held by others.

For permission to publish, please write to:

Special Collections Librarian
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Please state in your inquiry that authorization is requested to publish the following excerpts from the manuscript collections indicated (attach additional pages if necessary) and then list the excerpts.

Please give precise information on the materials you wish to publish and the publication in which they are to appear. Quotations must appear in context on this form, or you may attach copies of the pages containing them. The citations should follow a certain format depending upon the collection cited.


Suggestions for Citing Materials

The citation format outlined below is strongly recommended for citation from materials found in MdHS holdings. Publishers, professional journals, and graduate faculties all prescribe their own style, but we ask at a minimum that identification include the following:

Name of collection, collection number, Maryland Historical Society.