Reproductions and Use

The Pahrump Valley Museum provides copies of materials to facilitate private study or research. We welcome you to use the materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnished a reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study or research." If a researcher uses a reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that researcher may be liable for copyright infringement.

Request to reproduce items
Requests to copy materials constitute an agreement that you will not reproduce, transfer, distribute, broadcast, publicly display, offer for sale, or otherwise use or publish any material subject to copyright, or a portion thereof, in excess of fair use, as defined by copyright law, without the express permission of the copyright holder.

Please note that while the Pahrump Valley Museum owns the materials in our collections, we usually do not own the copyright to these materials, except where it has been explicitly transferred to the museum. You are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of materials and obtaining permission to use material from the copyright holder. The Pahrump Valley Museum cannot provide permission to publish or distribute materials when the Pahrump Valley Museum is not the copyright holder.

We reserve the right to limit the number of copies made; to restrict the use of rare and valuable items; and to deny a request because of copyright regulations, privacy rights, donor-imposed regulations, or other rights related issues.

Please contact the Pahrump Valley Museum with any request for reproduction of the images contaned in these collections. By email submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 1-775-751-1970.

Personal cameras and scanners
With some exceptions the use of cameras and scanners is permitted. There is no charge for use of cameras or scanners. Pahrump Valley Museum staff may forbid the use of cameras or scanners if you mishandle materials, or if your equipment poses any risk to our materials or causes disruption in our research room.

Fees and payment
Please contact the Pahrump Valley Museum for Fees and payments

Payment will be required in advance. Work begins after receipt of payment. Requesters may pay by cash, check or credit card.

Use, copyright, and attribution
Materials held by the Pahrump Valley Museum may be protected by United States Copyright Law and/or by the copyright laws of other countries. Copyright law protects unpublished as well as published materials.

The Pahrump Valley Museum does not claim to control the rights for reproduction for all materials or images in its collections. Certain images or materials may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Pahrump Valley Museum.

If the Pahrump Valley Museum does not clearly hold the copyright to an item, The Pahrump Valley Museum cannot grant or deny permission to use that material.

In obtaining a reproduction from the Pahrump Valley Museum, you assume all responsibility for determining whether any permissions relating to copyright, privacy, publicity, trademark, or any other rights are necessary for your intended use, and for obtaining all required permissions. Written permission from the copyright holders and/or other rights holders is required for publication, distribution, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use.

The Pahrump Valley Museum will not do research concerning the existence and/or whereabouts of rights holders. To the extent that we provide available information, the museum does not warranty the accuracy of such information and shall not be responsible for any inaccurate information. The Pahrump Valley Museum will not facilitate or execute requests for permission.

The Society of American Archivists provides further guidance about using copyrighted and unpublished materials. The U.S. Copyright Office provides information about How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work. When you cannot identify, or locate the current copyright owner of a copyrighted work, the copyrighted material is sometimes called an "orphan work." Columbia University Libraries and the Society of American Archivists also provide advice about documenting searches for copyright owners and using orphan works.

When you use, any materials provided by the Pahrump Valley Museum, you must properly acknowledge the Pahrump Valley Museum as the source of the material.

You also must not use the name of the Pahrump Valley Museum in any manner which creates any false association between you and the image or materials, that incorrectly implies any sponsorship or endorsement by the Pahrump Valley Museum or any third-party rights holder.

We appreciate receiving a copy of any published work that features our material.

Privacy and Publicity Rights
You are solely responsible for addressing issues of privacy and publicity rights relating to your use of our materials. The rights of privacy and publicity are distinct from copyright. Although fair use is a defense to copyright infringement, it is not a defense to violating privacy or publicity rights.

An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). The Pahrump Valley Museum reserves the right to require a release from individuals whose privacy may be violated by the reproduction of this image or materials.

The right of publicity is a person's right to control, and profit from, the use of his or her name, image, and likeness. This means that any use of a person's name, image, or likeness for commercial gain is not permitted without his or her consent. Rights of publicity are governed by state laws, for example Nevada Revised Statutes 597.770-810.

In receiving a reproduction from our holdings, you assume all responsibility for infringement of copyright or other rights in your use of the material. You must agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Pahrump Valley Museum and its officers, agents and employees, from and against any and all liabilities, losses, demand, penalties, costs, expenses, attorneys' fees, lawsuits, fines, judgements, or causes of actions, including but not limited to claims relating to infringement of copyright, trademark, invasion of rights of privacy or publicity, or libel that arise either directly or indirectly from any use by the requestor of the images and/or materials provided by the Pahrump Valley Museum or its officers, agents or employees.