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Copyright and Terms of Use


The Peel's Prairie Provinces Collection is a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries. The materials are made available for public viewing at no cost.

The University of Alberta Library does not hold the copyright for items in the Peel collection. Therefore, we cannot respond to or grant permissions related to the reproduction or reuse of materials.

It is the user's responsibility to perform a copyright assessment on the material(s) that you wish to use.

Reproduction or Reuse

If you want to reproduce or reuse any materials…

1. Firstly, determine if the item you’re interested in already in the Public Domain:

Some of the historical resources within the Peel Collection are in the Public Domain, which means copyright term (and protections) for this material has expired. These resources are free to reuse without restriction.

To determine whether an item is in the Public Domain for reuse, please refer to the Canadian Public Domain Flowchart.

2. If not, does your intended use fit within the Creative Commons Licence?

Most postcards within the Peel Collection have a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC-BY-NC) licence, which allows for reuse under the terms of that licence. If a Creative Commons licence is available, that information is shown at the bottom of each page. Click on the “CC” symbol to get more information about the terms of each individual item.

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3. If not, does your intended use fit within Fair Dealing?

Fair Dealing is a statutory right that allows for the reproduction and use of copyright-protected works for certain purposes without requiring permission, provided that the use/dealing is "fair." For more information about Fair Dealing, see

4. If none of the above applies, consider a Permission Request:

Users are at liberty to identify and contact the copyright owner(s) directly, to request permissions. We have made available all the information that we know about the materials, and cannot assist further with this type of copyright investigation.

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File Requests

Where possible, we are pleased to retrieve alternative formats of the files (e.g. high-resolution .tiff files) at no cost. To request materials in a different format, please email

If you reuse items from the Peel Collection, we recommend these attribution statements:

Print context:
Image made available through Peel's Prairie Provinces (, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

Web context (with hyperlinks):
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Helping With Copyright

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Further Questions

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