Frequently Asked Questions about digital horizons

What is a collection?

Generally, the collections in Digital Horizons mirror the physical collections of participating organizations. According to the Library of Congress, a collection is “a group of Library materials organized, archived, and preserved together by format (for example, manuscripts, photographs, books, maps, or motion pictures), by subject matter, and/or by the name of the person or persons who first created or assembled the items or donated them.”

How do I report a mistake in Digital Horizons?

If you find incorrect data about a digitized item or can provide additional information about a holding, please contact the organization listed in the “Ordering Information” field for that item.

If you experience a technical error in using the Digital Horizons site, please send an email to

Will you link to my site?

Digital Horizons does sometimes link to other quality, relevant web sites that share our mission. To make a suggestion, send an email to

How do I create a link or bookmark to a Digital Horizons item?

When you search or browse a Digital Horizons collection, many of the web pages are created “on the fly” by the Digital Horizons server in response to your particular request. This type of page creates a temporary URL which you may not be able to bookmark reliably.

May I link to Digital Horizons?

Anyone may link to Digital Horizons without permission from participating organizations. A graphic button is available to illustrate your link.

What software do I need to view Digital Horizons collections?

Digital Horizons uses Contentdm which is a web-based application. You can use your web browser to view all images, documents, and objects in all collections. To view audio and video files, you will need to have QuickTime 6.2 or later, or Windows Media player installed on your computer.

Do I need special software to view audio and video in the collections?

QuickTime or Windows Media Player can be used to view the Audio and/or Video clips in Digital Horizons collections.

  • For PC's  and Macs, you should be able to download the most current version of QuickTime at
  • Windows Media Player for PCs or Macs can be downloaded from

Can I copy the images in any of the Digital Horizons collections?

Digitized items made available for viewing on the Digital Horizons website may not be copied or reproduced without permission of the collection holder. You will find contact information in the “Ordering Information” field at the bottom of an item record.

Can I get a High resolution copy of an item in a collection?

Yes. Digital Horizons contributing organization can make high resolution copies of images in their collections available on request. You will find contact information in the “Ordering Information” field at the bottom of an item record.

How do I search for a particular item?

You will find information about how to conduct a productive search on the Digital Horizons Help page

Can I donate digital copies of photographs, movies and documents from my personal collection?

The organizations affiliated with Digital Horizons are active collecting repositories. Each organization has its own donation policies. Please contact an individual organization to discuss your possible donation.

Are these items copyrighted?

As part of its educational mission, the contributors of Digital Horizons make available digital versions of items from their collections.  This material is to be used for personal or research use only. Any other use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly reproductions, redistribution, publication, or transmission, whether by electronic means or otherwise, without prior written permission of the copyright holder is prohibited. The copyright holder will grant or withhold permission on a case by case basis, and a usage fee may be required depending on the type of proposed use.  Permission requests may be sent to the appropriate contact address for each digital collection.

Copyright and other rights in the images, underlying encoded text, selection, indexing, and display of materials in Digital Horizons Collections are held by the copyright holder noted in the metadata to the extent permitted by law.  Users should be aware that materials made available in Digital Horizons Collections may be subject to additional restrictions.  These include but are not limited to the rights of copyright, privacy, and publicity.  Such restrictions are likely to be controlled by parties other than the copyright holder. Users are solely responsible for determining the existence of such rights, obtaining any permissions, and paying any associated fees required for the proposed use.

Do teachers and students have the right to use items from Digital Horizons in school projects?

The Fair Use doctrine provides an exception for classroom use of images, video, and audio but should not be interpreted as blanket permission for teachers or students to use any copyrighted item they find on the web. There are guidelines to help you determine what is and is not Fair Use on the US Copyright Office’s website at

When in doubt, it is always best to request permission from the copyright holder. You will find contact information for the copyright holder in Ordering Information field on each Document Information Page.