Permsission to Use Images from the Sears Catalog

The following is an email exchange between Dr. Brian Slator and the Main Line Book Company/Chelsea House Publishers who hold the copyright on a replica of the 1897 Sears Catalog published in 1968.

Reply-To: "Main Line Book Company/Chelsea House Publishers"

From: "Main Line Book Company/Chelsea House Publishers"

To: "Brian M. Slator" 
Subject: Re: Permission to use the 1897 Sears Roebuck Catalog
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 15:27:53 -0500
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Dear Brian:

Thank you for your message regarding the illustrations in the Sears
Catalogue.  We cannot grant you permission to use these illustrations
because we paid a one time usage fee for them.  However, you do not need to
gain permission because they are available for public domain since the
catalog is so old.

Best wishes,
Stacey Stauffer
Director of Special Marketing

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian M. Slator 
To: ; ; 
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 10:46 PM
Subject: Permission to use the 1897 Sears Roebuck Catalog
>Myself and 2 classes of upper division Computer Science students are
>implementing an internet-based educational game as a class
>project. The game is intended to teach microeconomics and American
>history, and we are aiming at a 9th grade audience.
>The project is to simulate a 19th century western town, and
>then let school kids join in, over the internet, and play out
>the role of storekeeper, merchant, blacksmith, etc.
>You can read all about it at
>It would be a wonderful addition to our game if we could have permission
>to use some of the information in your reproduction of the 1897
>Sears Roebuck Catalog, edited by Fred L. Isreal, and copyright
>1968 by Chelsea House Publishers.
>We would like to reproduce about 100 of the ads (each ad being
>about 1/8th of a printed page), and use them as a way of illustrating
>how business was conducted in the late 1800s. We would probably
>want to scan these images into JPEG or GIF format, and we would
>want to quote some of the ad copy too. In exchange we would be
>happy to give grateful acknowledgement to Chelsea House if that
>were appropriate.
>Your consideration would be most appreciated. We are already
>6 weeks into the semester, and just discovered what a wonderful
>resource this catalog could be. If you could respond at an early
>convenience we would be very grateful.
>Thank You
>Brian Slator (and the students of CS345 and CS426)
>Associate Professor
>Computer Science
>North Dakota State University
>Brian M. Slator, Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
>Computer Science Dept, IACC Bldg, Rm. 262E, Fargo, ND 58105
>(office) 701-231-6124 (fax: -8255)        (home) 701-271-8875
>"Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and
>revolving at 900 miles an hour." (Eric Idle).