W&M Digital Archive Take-Down Policy and Disclaimer

Take-Down Policy

W&M Digital Archive collections are accessible for purposes of education and research. Materials previously deposited into the W&M Digital Archive may be removed or restricted at the request of the creator(s), contributor(s), or other individuals holding rights to the material. Upon request, we will remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.


The College of William and Mary makes digital versions of collections accessible in the following situations:


  • They are in the public domain
  • The rights are owned by The College of William and Mary
  • The College of William and Mary has permission to make them accessible
  • We make them accessible for education and research purposes as a legal fair use, or
  • There are no known restrictions on use.

We have made the best effort to adhere to all known copyright and rights of privacy, publicity, or trademark of material, but due to the nature of archival collections we are not always able to identify this information. We are eager to hear from any rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information.

To learn more about what your responsibilities are in relation to copyright and using material, go to  http://guides.swem.wm.edu/copyright.

Removal or Restriction of Items

Requests for removal should be directed to the W&M Digital Archive administrator and should include the name and URL of the item or items to be removed, the reason for removal, and explanation of any claims to rights for the material. The Director of Special Collections will then be notified and, in consultation with the Special Collections staff and other appropriate members of the campus community, will review the request for just cause. Upon determination of just cause, the item or items in question will be removed from public view within the W&M Digital Archive until the request is resolved.

The final outcome of the review of a request to remove items from the W&M Digital Archive may be one of the following:

  • The item is not changed and is returned to public view.
  • The item is not changed, but access is restricted for a period of time.
  • The item is permanently removed from the W&M Digital Archive.
  • Or another outcome.

Review of materials deposited

Materials deposited in the W&M Digital Archive are subject to review of the W&M Digital Archive administrators for format, content relevance, and adherence to established collection policies. After initial deposit of materials to the W&M Digital Archive, materials may be reviewed and may be subject to relocation within the W&M Digital Archive based on usage statistics, available storage space, or other factors.

For more information, please contact the W&M Digital Archive administrator, Daniel Weddington.