Dodgson family photographs (including those attributed to Dodgson himself) are now in the public domain and therefore out of copyright in the UK. In 1995, copyright for posthumously published items was extended to 70 years from first publication, or 31 Dec 2039, whichever is earlier. In both cases, we must inform the executors of the Dodgson estate of any request to publish. Please contact a member of staff to undertake this.
For U.S publishing, any Dodgson photos first published before 1 Jan 1923 are in the public domain. If published between 1923 and 1977, copyright is the year of publication plus 95 years. Photos published between 1978 and 2002 are in copyright until 31 Dec 2047. Any photograph which remained unpublished at 1 Jan 2003 is in the U.S public domain. AP Watt, the literary agents, and the executors must be asked for their permission prior to publishing. Please contact a member of staff to undertake this.
It is not known whether all manuscript material in DFC/- remains in copyright. Therefore publication requests for manuscript items and extracts from DFC/- must be referred to AP Watt Ltd (and copied to the executors) in the first instance in case the material is still in copyright.
Members of the public are not permitted to take photographs of items in DFC/-. Surrey History Centre is the sole provider of any photographic images to the public and will only provide hard copy prints and not files on CD-ROM. Please contact a member of staff for list of exceptions.
We can provide photocopies of photographs and manuscript material in DFC and LC for members of the public for private research/educational purposes only. Prints of the photographs should be used rather than originals.