At the heart of every exhibit are the artifacts used to reflect an overall theme to tell a compelling story. As you develop your virtual exhibit and begin your research you will select specific artifacts that relate to your themes/subject areas. However, it is important to ask yourself a couple of questions before you use the artifacts for your virtual exhibit:
You will need to consider these questions for each artifact. The reason why copyright is so important is that your online exhibit is considered a published work. For any type of publication, you will need to ensure that the artifacts (photographs, correspondence, artwork, book, etc.) you will be using are not under copyright law or you have permission to use the artifact.
Here is an example of artifact information on Calisphere (digital database/repository):
In this case, you will note the following:
Keep in mind all digital databases/repositories contain this type of information for all their digital artifacts. If you have questions always feel free to contact the owning institution of the artifact. In addition, if you have any questions on how to investigate copyright you can reach out to Azalea Camacho, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for help at firstname.lastname@example.org.