ACSAA Color Slide Project Information

The Color Slide project was a non-profit project supported by foundations, institutions, and individuals. From 1974 through December 2006, the ACSAA Color Slide Project provided high quality color slides of the art and architecture of India and other South and Southeast Asian countries (Nepal, Tibet, Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan) to individuals and institutions for teaching and research purposes around the world. The Color Slide Project was discontinued in December 2006. Most of the ACSAA images are digitally available through ARTstor.

For those seeking permission to publish an image from the ACSAA Color Slide Project

Some of the materials photographed may be copyrighted property and therefore require permission from the rights holder. ACSAA does not have the authority to grant permission to reproduce images from the color slide project, but will provide (dependent upon archival records) the appropriate address(es) to applicants for reproduction rights.

Images from the ACSAA color slide project are not to be reproduced in any medium, including television, video, and the internet without the written permission of the rights holder(s).

If you are seeking the rights holders, please explore the following options for identifying museum collections, heritage site administrators, and photographers:

  • Check ARTstor's metadata information associated with the image if you have access to ARTstor. Information pertaining to museum or private collections, photographers, and artists should be available there.
  • Search on-line to find out which heritage organization (eg. the Archaeological Survey of India) administers the historical site in question (if one does); their contact addresses are usually on-line.
  • If the photographer of an image is not included in the ARTstor data, first check the slide set descriptions, currently available through the University of Michigan's History of Art department.
  • Join our listserve and send a message to the list asking after the identity of the photographer, the location of the object, or the contact information for the artist.
  • Finally, email the webmaster for further assistance locating rights holders.

For questions about whether or not rights should be obtained, and from whom, and for guidelines for how to go about asking for permissions, there are resources available to guide researchers. Particularly useful is Susan Bielstein's Permissions, A Survival Guide. You can also find the College Art Association's Standards and Guidelines for Copyrights and Permissions by clicking here.

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