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History Center of San Luis Obispo County

The History Center of San Luis Obispo County is a California Public Benefit 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, a successor organization to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society, chartered by the State of California on June 12, 1953. Its public sites include a gallery, research room, and gift shop in San Luis Obispo’s historic Carnegie Library building and the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens.

The History Center’s Regional Photograph Collection includes prints, slides, negatives on film and glass, and postcards from the 1840s to the present. The collection represents work from leading photographers and obscure hobbyist alike. Subjects include events and activities throughout the county, landscapes, portraits, interiors and exteriors of homes, businesses, and public buildings.

A selection of photographs are made available here for purchase. Additional photographs are added regularly. All fees go directly to collection preservation.


Copyright Warning

The granting of permission to use images for publication does not absolve the publisher from securing permission from the copyright owners and payment of such additional fees as the copyright owners may require if The History Center does not own the copyright or if the material is not in the public domain. Users assume responsibility for questions of copyright and invasion of privacy that may arise from publication of History Center materials. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright 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. You may not share, resell, relicense, or redistribute the photograph.


Notes on Commercial Use

Photo Credit Information: The publication must properly credit The History Center. Credit should appear in close proximity to the image or in a special section devoted to credits. The preferred credit line for History Center material is: Courtesy of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County Crediting individual items is mandatory. Credit should be included with other sources of illustrations in film or video publications. Reproductions distributed electronically must contain a credit watermark as part of the image and resolution should not be greater than 72 dots per inch or 640x480 pixels. Credit for images used in exhibitions must appear within the exhibition area.

Conditions of Use: The History Center retains all rights to reproductions of photographs including the right to grant others permission to reproduce the photographs. Additional copies must be purchased from The History Center. The photographic copy or any facsimile of it may not be reproduced beyond the intended use described in the Use Fee Agreement. Permission for publication is granted for one-time use and only for the expressed purpose described in this contract. Any subsequent use or change in use constitutes reuse and must be applied for in writing to the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, and appropriate fees paid. Permission is limited to the applicant and is not transferable. Permission for use is not granted until all fees are paid. Failure to comply with the above policy and the applicant will forfeit future access to The History Center Research Room and resources. Altering the original photographic image beyond standard cropping or resizing requires further approval from Staff. These changes must be indicated in the accompanying caption or label. The photographic copy may not be used as a dust jacket, an end paper, nor in an advertisement or any commercial or promotional use of a similar nature, nor to mass reproduce as unbound material unless specifically authorized by the Society. In authorizing the publication of a photographic copy, The History Center does not surrender its own right to publish it, or to grant permission to others to do so. All rights are non-exclusive. Rights are offered for a maximum period of ten years. The History Center does not issue rights in perpetuity. The History Center reserves the right to limit the number of photographic copies: to restrict the use of reproduction of rare or valuable material involving unusual difficulty in copying; and to charge a higher copying fee than specified. Copies are not supplied to commercial picture agencies except by special arrangement. The applicant agrees to send The History Center one complimentary copy of the work containing the reproduction.


History Center of San Luis Obispo County. 696 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93402. www.historycenterslo.org

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