Collection Database About & Disclaimer

About the Collection Database


As a public institution, the Valentine strives to serve through education and access to the Museum’s collection.  Please be aware that the collection database is a work in progress.  Only a portion of the Valentine’s collection is available online to view. However, our digitization efforts are ongoing, so be sure to check back regularly.


Terms and Conditions of Use


Please read the copyright information and regulations below.  Use of the Valentine website is subject to the following terms and conditions and applicable federal and state laws.  By accessing the website, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.  The Valentine reserves the right to revise or amend these terms and conditions without notice at any time.

Images and/or text contained in this database may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, published or transmitted or otherwise used except for non-commercial, personal use or “fair use”, as this term is defined by current copyright laws, without written permission from the Valentine.


The Valentine respects the intellectual property rights of artists and others. This website and the images and text contained on this website are protected by United States and international copyright laws and are owned by the Valentine or used by the Valentine with permission from the owners. Copyright for some images are held by the owner and/or their estates.

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If you own copyright to an image included in the Valentine online collections database and wish to have its digital reproduction removed from the catalog record, please contact us at

Rights & Reproductions

To request an image reproduction and to obtain publication permission, please visit Research.

Harmful or Offensive Content

Some catalog records and media in this collections database may contain text or imagery that users find outdated, harmful or offensive. While this content does not reflect the Valentine’s values, we recognize that it is important to make these historical materials accessible in their original, unaltered form for research and study. Cataloging metadata created by staff may repeat such language for context. In addition, while the Valentine strives to describe the materials in its collection using sensitivity, past catalog records, finding aids and other access tools may include terms that no longer meet current professional standards and have not yet been updated.


The Valentine reserves the right to take all action or inaction as allowed by law. If any term, condition, or provision of these terms and conditions of use is determined to be unlawful, invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, the validity and enforceability of the remaining terms, conditions, and provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby. These terms and conditions of use constitute the entire representation made by the Valentine relating to the subject matter herein. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the State of Virginia. Each party hereby irrevocably consents to exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Virginia.

The Valentine shall not be liable for damages of any kind including, without limitation, compensatory, special, incidental, exemplary, lost profits, loss of revenue, and/or use of or reliance upon this site or the content hereof. In addition, the Valentine has no duty to update this site, or the content thereof, and the Valentine shall not be liable for any failure to update such information. Further, the Valentine is neither responsible nor liable for your use of other websites that you may access via links within this site.

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted works. One of these 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,” the user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Valentine reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law. The granting of permission to publish by the Valentine does not absolve users of materials from securing permission from copyright owners and payment of such additional fees as the owners may require if the Valentine does not own the copyright or if the material is not in the public domain. Applicants assume all responsibility for questions of copyright and invasions of privacy that may arise in copying and in the use made of the photographic copy.