Contribution Terms of Service

You are contributing to the Last Seen Project, which is aimed at collecing, transcribing, and making freely available Information Wanted Ads taken out by former slaves. Your participation in the Project will allow genealogists to trace family histories beyond the "genealogical wall of slavery" and future historians to gain a greater understanding of how former slaves sought to reunite their families.

You must be 13 years of age or older to submit material to us. Your submission of material constitutes your permission for, and consent to, its dissemination and use in connection with the Last Seen Project in all media in perpetuity. If you have so indicated on the form, your material will be published on the Last Seen website. Otherwise, your response will only be available to approved researchers using the site. Please note, all newspaper content published before 1923 is in the public domain and not covered by copyright.  Users uploading Information Wanted Ads published before 1923 constitute fair use under rules of public domain.  Other materials you submit, such as stories, must have been created by you, wholly original, and shall not be copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain. Further, submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws.  

By submitting material to the Last Seen Project you release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless the Project and persons acting under its permission or authority, including a public library or archive to which the collection might be donated for purposes of long-term preservation, from any claims or liability arising out the Project's use of the material, including, without limitation, claims for violation of privacy, defamation, or misrepresentation.

The Last Seen Project has no obligation to use your material.

You will be sent via email a copy of your contribution to the Project. We cannot return any material you submit to us so be sure to keep a copy. The Last Seen Project will not share your email address or any other information with commercial vendors.