Licensing for Archival Description

Information about our collections on this website, which we refer to as archival description, is licensed under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) dedication. This means that you can copy, modify, and distribute our descriptive metadata in any way you want without asking us for permission. The CC0 license is explained in full on the Creative Commons website. If you have questions, please contact us.

This license includes

  • Data about archival collections.

  • Data about the people and organizations who created or are represented in these collections.

  • Both the HTML representation of this data as well as the underlying JSON are released under a CC0 license.

This license does not include

  • Any images, documents, or other digital content linked to this description.

  • Any data from other sources, such as Wikidata or Wikipedia.

What can you do with our data

Anything! Please use this data for your own research or projects. We would love to be surprised by what you create. If you build or discover something interesting, let us know.

However, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Give attribution to Rockefeller Archive Center: although you are not legally required to do so, attribution will help other people find the original data as well as unique archival materials.

  • Contribute back any modifications or improvements: help us make our description better!

  • Do not mislead others or misrepresent the finding aids or their sources: please do not use this data in a way that suggests you have any official status or that we endorse your work or your use of the metadata.

  • Be responsible: conform to laws and other regulations in your jurisdiction, especially concerning defamation and copyright.

  • Be aware that you use the data at your own risk: Our description is provided ‘as-is’: not all of it has been reviewed for completeness or accuracy. That process is ongoing, and we welcome your assistance in drawing our attention to any particularly egregious omissions or inaccuracies.