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Access and Use of the Gaye LeBaron Collection

Accessing the Collection

Who is eligible to use the collection?
The collection is a public resource, available to campus and community researchers.

When is the collection accessible?
Access to the collection is by appointment. Call (707) 664-4152 or send e-mail to

Are there restrictions to viewing the collection?
No, but when scheduling an appointment, users will be asked to name the topic folders they wish to view. Researchers may request access to three (3) file folders, pre-selected from the Topics list, per appointment.

Are there restrictions to reproducing items from the collection?
Yes, in some cases. The Library owns the items in this collection but the original author and/or publisher of each item holds the copyright. To understand the appropriate use of the material in this collection, see the section below on Copyright and Use or ask Library personnel for assistance. For more information, go to Rights & Reproductions.

Are documents in the collection available online?
Yes, digital versions of selected items from the collection are now available on the web. Additional items are added each week.

Copyright and Use

The University Library adheres to Title 17 of the U.S. Code and other applicable copyright laws in making the Gaye LeBaron Collection accessible for reproduction and use. Additionally, the Library recognizes other legal and ethical restrictions, particularly those pertaining to privacy.

The large number of individual authors, photographers, and corporate copyright holders associated with this collection requires that the Library or the requester take time and effort in securing permission to reproduce and use most items in the Collection

Reproduction of published and unpublished materials for uses other than private study, scholarship, or research does not fall within the "fair use" doctrine of U.S. copyright law and requires permission from copyright holders.  The requester must secure this permission directly from the rights holders before the Library will reproduce. Fees may apply.

Many news items from The Press Democrat are found within the LeBaron Collection file folders.   Reproduction for intent other than "fair use" requires permission from The Press Democrat.   To reproduce and use print or electronic versions of items published in The Press Democrat, adherence to the newspaper's terms is required. Copyright law also pertains to digital versions of all items within The Gaye LeBaron Collection. To contact The Press Democrat, go to

The University Library cannot counsel users in the application of copyright law but will supply basic advice on the generally acceptable ways in which items from our special collections can be used and reproduced. For more on copyright policy, go to the Library’s Rights & Reproductions of Special Materials or contact Special Collections.

Contact information:

(707) 664-4152