Permissions and Use of OutsideLands.org Photos

We want what our site name says: for San Francisco history to be open, shared, and enjoyed by as many people as possible. We also want to make sure people who find a photo shared from OpenSFHistory can find our website to learn more about the image and see other images like it. If someone wants to make money from any of these images, we want to receive some money in return, so that we can scan and share even more images.


First car through the Twin Peaks Tunnel, driven by Mayor Rolph, emerging at West Portal. - (Courtesy of a Private Collector)

With all that in mind, here are important details on using and sharing images from OpenSFHistory:

Western Neighborhoods Project does not hold copyright to all of the visual materials on the OpenSFHistory website. Further copyright clearance may be needed in order to use the image. Responsibility for observance of copyright protections when using or copying images rests exclusively with the user. Images are provided here under Fair Use.

All images included on OpenSFHistory are intended for personal and educational use only. Any reproduction, redistribution, publication, exhibit, or other use, by any means, without prior written permission is prohibited, with certain exceptions listed below.

Social Media Use – Free and Easy!
OpenSFHistory has fantastic images to post, tweet and share. There is no charge to share photos on social media channels. Convenient links to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be found in the sidebar on the right of individual images so you can share and properly credit us easily. On other platforms, please try to link back to opensfhistory.org so more people can enjoy the collection.

Other Web Use (Blogs, Online News Sites)
Available images on OutsideLands.org have a 1,000-pixel-wide copy that can be downloaded free of charge for use on other websites. The copies have a small watermark so more people can find and enjoy this website. The download link is on the right sidebar of any image's page. Right- or Control-click on the larger file in the new window to save to your computer.

For personal, non-commercial blogs or nonprofit websites no Permission to Publish form is required. The credit line for the image posted should read: OpenSFHistory /[image file number]. (For example: OpenSFHistory/wnp15.556). Citation lines are posted in the right sidebar of any image's page. We request that the credit line links back to opensfhistory.org

For commercial blogs or online news sites a Permission to Publish form (PDF) is required with the one-time use fee of $20 per image. The credit line for the image posted should read: OpenSFHistory /[image file number]. (For example: OpenSFHistory/wnp15.556). Citation lines are posted in the right sidebar of any image's page. We request that the credit line links back to opensfhistory.org

Personal Printing
If you would like a copy of any image to print for personal non-commercial use, you may follow the instructions above for Other Web Use to download watermarked, 1,000-pixel copies. You may request higher-resolution copies, without watermark, for a reproduction fee of $20 per image. Contact us via the contact button in the right sidebar of any image's page for more details.

Academic Uses
There is no fee for academic uses, which include dissertation, thesis, class presentation, or any academic publication that is not for sale. Please submit a Permission to Publish form (PDF) and use fees will be waived.

Commercial Uses
For commercial use of images from OpenSFHistory for books, journals, magazines, newspapers, documentaries, exhibitions, Internet, and all other uses, we require a Permission to Publish form (PDF), and a commercial use fee of $20 per image charged for one time use only. Additional charges for the provision of larger file sizes and formatting may apply.

Contact us with any questions.