Privacy Policy

Last updated: May 2, 2022 

This privacy policy describes our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of your information when you use the service and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you. 

We use your personal data to provide and improve the service. By using the service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this privacy policy. 

This policy in plain English 

We track use of the site to better understand what users find interesting to improve the existing and future services. The Google Analytics resource we use anonymizes data, so we see use patterns, but we do not investigate the movements of specific individuals, which we think would be a bit creepy. Some examples of how this information would be used is to understand if people access the site more from a mobile device or a computer. This helps optimize the page setup and delivery. Similarly, are people accessing the site from their home or in the field, accessing to research before visiting a location or while at a location? This helps us better understand the types of information to be presented and how to format it. 

You should notice that popup advertising and other forms of user-directed advertising is not a part of the construction of this site. We seek other revenue models including donations and specific page sponsorships to fund the maintenance and future development of the site. Therefore, the use of individual user data is not relevant to the fundamental method of revenue generation for information provided on the site. 

We may provide information to page sponsors and other third parties including the number of visitors to specific pages, how long people spend on specific pages using aggregate and not individual statistics, and the number of times outbound links are clicked. This helps third parties understand the activity on the site to underline the value received by their association with the site and the voluntary actions of users to click on links. Please note that sponsors are provided the option of a clickable outbound link to the site of their choice. Also note that the outbound links to the various libraries, archives, books, and other historical resources are not sponsored and provided as a convenience to users. These links help build the credibility of the site for search engine optimization along with directing users to more detailed information and original sources. 

We also collect individual information to send out newsletters and other communications. We do not sell this data to third parties. If you ever want to opt out of our outbound communications, please unsubscribe or contact us to be removed. 

Interpretation and Definitions 


The words in italics have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural. 


For the purposes of this Privacy Policy: 

Collecting and Using Your Personal Data 

Types of Data Collected 

Personal Data 


Use Data 

Use data is collected automatically when using the service

Use data may include information such as your device’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. 

When you access the service by or through a mobile device, we may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser you use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. 

We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our service or when you access the service by or through a mobile device

Tracking Technologies and Cookies 

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our service and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our service. The technologies we use may include: 

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser. You can learn more about cookies here: Cookies by TermsFeed Generator

We use both session and persistent cookies for the purposes set out below: 

Type: Session Cookies 

Administered by: Us 

Purpose: These cookies are essential to provide you with services available through the website and to enable you to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these cookies, the services that you have asked for cannot be provided, and we only use these cookies to provide you with those services. 

Type: Persistent Cookies 

Administered by: Us 

Purpose: These cookies identify if users have accepted the use of cookies on the website

Type: Persistent Cookies 

Administered by: Us 

Purpose: These cookies allow us to remember choices you make when you use the website, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience and to avoid you having to re-enter your preferences every time you use the website

Type: Persistent Cookies 

Administered by: Third-Parties 

Purpose: These cookies are used to track information about traffic to the website and how users use the website. The information gathered via these cookies may directly or indirectly identify you as an individual visitor. This is because the information collected is typically linked to a pseudonymous identifier associated with the device you use to access the website. We may also use these cookies to test new pages, features or new functionality of the website to see how our users react to them. 

For more information about the cookies we use and your choices regarding cookies, please visit the cookies section of our Privacy Policy. 

Use of your Personal Data 

The company may use personal data for the following purposes: 

We may share your personal information in the following situations: