Rights & Permissions


We encourage you to use and share our photos! Most image files on this website have been formatted to look beautiful in slideshow presentations. Any of our images, including those of the museum collection and from the MESDA Object Database, may be used without prior permission for personal, educational, and fair-use purposes as defined in the United States copyright laws. Please credit images as “Courtesy of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem” whenever possible.

To purchase hi-resolution images files or acquire permission to reproduce images commercially, please complete our Photo Purchase Form and mail the completed form with payment or call 336-721-7365 or email [email protected] for credit card orders.

By downloading, printing, or otherwise using images, whether accessed directly from the MESDA website or via other sites or mechanisms, users agree that they will limit their use of such files to non-commercial, educational, personal, or fair use purposes and will not violate the museum’s or any other party’s proprietary rights.

Call 336-721-7365 or email [email protected] for more information.