MESDA Object Database FAQ

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Can I use images from the Object Database?

Yes, you can save images from the Object Database for personal, educational, and research use.

The size and resolution of the image files are suitable for slideshow lectures and online uses.

When applicable, please credit as “Courtesy of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, MESDA Object Database file [insert Photo Number here].

If you would like to use an image in a publication or exhibit, please click here for more information.

 

How do I save images from the MESDA Object Database?

Right click on the image and select the “Save Image As” option. Then save the .jpg image file to your computer.

 

How do I print my search results?

Use your internet browser’s “Print” function (usually found under the “File” menu item) to print pages. If you have a PDF creator or virtual printer installed on your computer you can “Print” to your search results to a PDF document.

 

Are there additional images available for records in the Object Database?

Most online Object Database records were limited to five images. More images may be available in the original, analog, Object Database file folders. If you have questions about potential additional images in a record file, please visit or contact the MESDA Research Center at research@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7379. Staff time is limited and MESDA reserves the right to decline or charge fees for inquiries and requests.

 

Is there more information available for records in the Object Database?

The original, analog, Object Database file folders may contain information such as photocopies of secondary sources, correspondences, or notes from other scholars that have not been digitized for copyright or privacy reasons. If you have questions about potential additional information in a record file, please visit or contact the MESDA Research Center at research@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7379. Staff time is limited and MESDA reserves the right to decline or charge fees for inquiries and requests.

 

Who should I contact for more information if I own an object that is recorded in the Object Database

Because the program was launched in the early 1970s, the ownership and/or location of objects may have changed in the intervening forty-plus years. If you own an object recorded by MESDA (often indicated by the presence of a sticker with the MESDA logo and a file number) and would like more information or to update our files, please contact the MESDA Research Center at research@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7379.