June 20. 1950
Roche, Williams & Cleary, Inc.,
135 South La Salle St.,
Chicago 3, Illinois
Dear Mr. Zippler,
When you purchase a picture on an exclusive all rights basis as you did, it becomes your [sic] for all time on that one negative or any that would be too similar to it. We reserve the right to use any others from the set of pictures, but only after you have used yours. If you wish us to close the entire set forever, weenaturally [sic] would have to charge more. In this case I think there was no other with exactly this pose or expression.
Incidentally I really took this picture specially but of course charged you only our usual price for an exclusive picture which we might have had on hand. The last time you asked for something we fell flat and this time I didn’t want that to happen. I am only telling you this in the hope that I may be able to convince you that many of the things you want, we could shoot specially with good results, particularly if you will allow some liberties (as in this ccase [sic]) with the layout.
We do sell pictures on an exclusive basis for limited specified times of 3 months, 6 months or 1 year if it is so desired, after which time has elapsed, such shots become stock pictures. Of course these rights are less expensive than exclusive all rights.
[Transcribed by Willa Kerkhoff.]
 In the present, all of Ruth Nichols’ photographs have passed into the public domain. Under a copyright law provision from 1978, creators of works from before 1976 were given control until 2003, regardless of the exact date the work was created Jeremy Rowe, “COPYRIGHTS AND OTHER RIGHTS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES.” COPYRIGHTS AND OTHER RIGHTS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES. 2002. Accessed March 15, 2016.http://vintagephoto.com/reference/copyrightarticle1.htm.).