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Privacy Policy

The Industrial Archives & Library (“IAL”) strives to protect the privacy of its patrons. We are committed to delivering a safe and valuable experience when visiting this website. We collect both statistical and personal information on this site.


IAL is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Information on this website is presented purely for educational and informational purposes. Your use of this website is subject to the provisions of this privacy policy and the disclaimers contained herein.

We cannot guarantee the website will be error-free and IAL is not responsible if any errors or omissions are found or for damages arising from the use or performance of this site under any circumstances. However, we will make every reasonable effort to make content accurate, reliable and complete. This includes correcting any errors or omissions that are brought to IAL’s attention. You may contact us at

IAL is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the content of all archival and library materials generated by other companies, entities and individuals and held by IAL on this site. For more information about Third Party content, see the “Third-Party Links” section below.

Statistical Information

Like many other websites, IAL collects statistical information as users navigate the site. This information is analyzed in aggregate — that is we collect information about thousands of site visits and analyze it as a whole. We use these statistics to help make this site more useful to visitors and to improve the services we offer. We may share aggregated information, which does not contain personal information, with other organizations. Some of the information we collect, in aggregate, from IAL’s users includes:

Personal Information

When you visit this site, we do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily choose to provide us with the information. You may visit many of IAL’s pages anonymously, however, there are some portions of the site that ask for personal information, such as IAL’s contact page or if you would like to make a purchase on IAL’s website. This information is exclusively used for the reason you provided it.

Contact information is used to respond to your inquiries and to send products and services requested from this website. We may also use it to contact you to provide information about other IAL activities, programs, products, and special events that may interest you.

We keep constituent data in secure online databases, including third-party services such as MailChimp and PayPal.

To learn more about how IAL protects your personal information when you visit this website, please see the “Security” section below.  If you are interested in:

Please contact us at or 610-868-1115. Moreover, when we send you communications regarding IAL programs and activities, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communications by clicking “unsubscribe from this list.”


The security of your personal information is a primary concern of IAL. We implement a variety of security measures common to the United States to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.

Whenever we collect sensitive, personal information, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. When sending this information to third-party servicers, including MailChimp and PayPal, the information is encrypted as well to ensure that your information is safeguarded. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job, for example, billing or customer service, are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers and servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

While IAL has endeavored to create a secure and reliable website, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from this website over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, IAL and its employees, agents, officers, directors, legal representatives, predecessors, successors, and assigns are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet. You assume the sole and complete risk for using this website and must make your own determination as to these matters.


Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. These cookies do not store your personal information and usage of a cookie is in no way linked to the personally identifiable information you input on this site.

We use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic, communications data and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. This includes monitoring traffic on the site or delivering content that users are specifically looking for.


We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site; therefore, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include agents, data processors, site providers and contractors who assist us in operating IAL’s website, conducting IAL’s business, or servicing you. For example, we may share your information with a third party in order to fulfill a request, such as shipping an order. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce IAL’s site policies, or protect IAL’s or others’ rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. This information is limited to aggregated, demographic information and is NOT linked to any personal information that can identify an individual person. We do not permit third party service providers to use personal information.

Third-Party Links

This site may contain links to third-party websites. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites or any link contained in a linked site. We encourage IAL’s users to be aware when they leave this site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Third-Party links are provided as a convenience only. External links do not constitute an endorsement by IAL of the opinions, products or services presented on the external site, or of any sites linked to it. IAL is not responsible for the legality or accuracy of information on externally linked sites, or for any costs incurred while using externally linked sites.

Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of this site and welcome any feedback about third-party links.

Enforcement and Removal of Content

While IAL has no obligation to do so, IAL reserves the right to review and delete (or modify) any content that we believe, in IAL’s sole discretion, violates these terms or other applicable policies posted on this website, or that we deem, in IAL’s sole discretion, inappropriate. If you see any content on this website that you believe violates IAL’s policies, you may report that content by contacting us at

Once notified, we will review the content and consider whether to remove or modify it. Please note: IAL’s interpretation of IAL’s policies and the decision whether or not to edit or remove content is within IAL’s sole discretion. You understand and agree that if we choose not to remove or edit content that you find objectionable, that decision will not constitute a violation of these terms or any agreement we have with you.  In addition, we reserve the right to disclose your identity or other information about you to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy, take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of this website, and terminate or suspend your access to all or part of this website.

Using This Website

You may only use this website for lawful purposes only in accordance with these terms of use.  You agree not to use this website:

Additionally, you agree not to:

Revisions to IAL’s Web Policies

Please note that IAL may revise its privacy policy at any time. Occasionally, changes in technology, functionality, content we provide, laws and/or IAL policy may require us to revise policies and practices on this page.   Changes will be posted on the website “Policies and Disclaimers” page and will be effective upon posting. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review the most current policy. Your continued use of the site shall constitute your acceptance of any such changes to this policy. If you ever feel as if IAL is not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately at  or 610-868-1115.