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Image Use FAQ


Yes, if there is no charge for the user and if electronic distribution is of limited term to your school or museum only. The images must remain unaltered. All accompanying caption information must be included without alteration and the citation must include “Courtesy McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,” and the URL: mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.

Yes, so long as the site takes no advertisements and no sponsors, does not charge a fee for services, and does not offer any product or service for sale. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration, and the citation must include “Courtesy McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,” and the URL: mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.

Yes, if it is a personal or academic work, and not for publication in any medium. The images must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration. You should cite the source as you would any printed work; the citation must include “Courtesy McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,” and the URL: mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.

Anyone wishing to use materials from the website for purposes other than as authorized herein must obtain prior written approval. Permission for such use is granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the museum, and a usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use. See Rights and Reproductions for more information.

NOTE: Images from past exhibits that appear in the website’s Exhibition Archives in many cases are of objects that were on loan to the museum. Permission for use from the lender may be required.


The museum houses the Works Progress Administration Archaeological Photo Archives of of archaeological work in Tennessee from 1934–1942. While these are housed on the University of Tennessee Library’s website, copyright is owned by the museum.

Use of these images is governed by the authorized uses of webpage images and text defined above. Publication quality images can be obtained—see Rights & Reproductions for more information.

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