Cleveland Memory Takedown Request Procedure

The Michael Schwartz Library makes efforts to ensure that it has appropriate rights to provide access to content in the Cleveland Memory Project. These materials are made available for educational and scholarly use.

If you have discovered material in the Cleveland Memory Project which you consider to be unlawful e.g., breaches copyright, or any other law, including but not limited to those relating to patent, trademark, confidentiality, and/or privacy; or relates to other concerns, please email and include the following:

  • your contact information (including email address and phone);
  • details that describe the material including the exact URL;
  • a statement regarding the nature of your concern, with any pertinent documentation;
  • a statement that the information in your notification is accurate and that you are the rights holder or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

Upon receipt of a request, Michael Schwartz Library staff will:

  • promptly acknowledge the request via email or other means of communication;
  • assess the validity of the request; and
  • take appropriate action and communicate that action to you.

This procedure governs only Michael Schwartz Library materials. Cleveland Memory partner institutions will follow their own takedown procedures. Takedown requests for materials owned by partner institutions will be forwarded to the appropriate contact.


Usage, transmission, downloading or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by Fair Use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. When possible, the Michael Schwartz Library provides information about copyright owners and restrictions concerning its collections. Determining the existence of copyright or any other legal restrictions, as well as obtaining permission from the copyright holder, is solely the responsibility of the patron.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions: The copyright law of the U. S. (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.