Usage Guidelines

Obtaining Reproductions

You may request photocopies and digital reproductions of materials held at the National Willa Cather Center (NWCC) through the archivist's office, whenever collection materials are not at risk and whenever permitted by United States copyright law. Archive staff will make all such reproductions according to the fee schedule, for private study, scholarship, or research use and may not be transferred to others, further reproduced, or published without the written permission of the National Willa Cather Center and/or the individual or institution that holds copyright. Materials deemed particularly fragile may not be reproducible in all formats. Fees are subject to change, and payment must be received before digital or physical reproductions are released.

Publishing, Exhibiting, and Broadcasting Collection Materials

Any publication of images from the National Willa Cather Center materials must be approved in writing and may be subject to usage fee. These fees are separate from any fees which might be assigned or assessed by the copyright holder. "Publication" includes print, electronic (online or other media), film, microfilm, or other recorded materials. Permission for image use must be obtained in advance, in writing, from the National Willa Cather Center by completing a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit, or Broadcast form. The fees listed below are for non-exclusive use of a single image unless otherwise indicated. They are assessed in addition to reproduction charges (above) and must be paid in advance of publication. Only those images actually used in publication are subject to fees. If a request covers more than one form of publication, the fees are cumulative.

To make a permission request, please download the Photo Permissions Document and return to:

The Willa Cather Foundation
℅ Tracy Tucker, Director of Collections and Curation
413 North Webster Street, Red Cloud, NE 68970

or via email to

Please see our Fee Schedule for a list of reproduction and image use fees.


The material held by the National Willa Cather Center is protected under the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Securing copyright clearance, permission to publish or reproduce materials from the National Willa Cather Center is the responsibility of the patron, who assumes all responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights belonging to the author, the author's heirs or assigns, and for obtaining all necessary permissions from the author, heirs or assigns.

The Willa Cather Trust (a partnership between the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Willa Cather Foundation, and a member of the Cather family) holds the rights to Willa Cather's intellectual property. The Willa Cather Foundation does not assume any legal responsibility for any infringement of literary, copyright or publication rights belonging to the author, heirs or assigns.

In granting permission to publish materials held by the National Willa Cather Center, the NWCC does not surrender its own rights to thereafter publish materials or grant others permission to publish it.

We appreciate your recognition of our collections in published and educational work. Our preferred citation includes both unique object number and collection name, as well as the repository, Willa Cather Foundation Collections & Archives at the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska.