Frequently Asked Questions

Contributing to the Project

Can I contribute items anonymously?

Yes. If you wish to remain completely anonymous, even to the administrators of the Harvey Memories Project, do not provide your name or email address anywhere on the Contribution form. If you wish to create a user account with your email address, but do not want your name to appear in public, simply leave your name off the form. We will never share your email address publicly.

Please be aware that if a problem arises with a completely anonymous submission, such as a technical error or a take-down request from a third party, we will not be able to contact you to help resolve the issue. In that case, HMP will make a decision on how to handle it without your advisement.

If you are contributing photos or videos, please be aware that digital files sometimes contain geolocation metadata and other potentially identifying information about you. If you are concerned about making such information public, we highly suggest using a tool such as View Exif to check for and remove geolocation and other private information from the item before uploading it.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information about Contributing.

What is the purpose of the post-submission survey?

After you submit an item through our Contribution form, you will see a link to a post-submission questionnaire. This survey is optional and anonymous and is used only to gather demographic information about who is contributing to the collection. The information provided on this questionnaire will not be linked in any way to the items you contribute.

How will my email address be used?

Providing your email address to us when you contribute is completely optional. If you do choose to provide it, your email will never be shared with or sold to any third party, and it will not be made public on our website.

The HMP will only use your email to contact you in the event that one of your contributions has been requested to be taken down, or if there is some other issue with your contribution. Submitting your email address also enables you to create a Guest User account that you can use to view all of your contributed items and "unpublish" any items that you no longer want to appear on this website.

What rights do I retain over items I contribute?

As a contributor, you retain the copyright to any item that you upload, but by submitting items to the Harvey Memories Project, you grant the Project a non-exclusive license to publish your items on our website and on the website of our partner, the Houston Flood Museum.

Our Contribution form also makes it easy for you to apply a Creative Commons license to your contribution. Depending on the preferences you indicate on the form, the license grants other permissions for the use or reuse of your items.

More information about the rights you grant to the Harvey Memories Project by contributing is available in our Terms and Conditions.

Why hasn't my item appeared?

All contributed items are reviewed by our team before publication to prevent spam and objectionable content from appearing on our site. The length of time for review will depend on available resources, the number of items under review, and the nature of the contribution.

Why does my item contain metadata I did not provide?

The Harvey Memories Project makes every effort to preserve and respect user-submitted metadata for contributed items. However, for the sake of archival preservation and consistency across our site, our team does reserve the right to modify metadata. If you have provided an email address with your contribution, we will attempt to contact you before making such changes.

Using the Project

I see an item on the project that I think should be taken down. What should I do?

If you would like to request that we take down an item, please Contact Us. Provide a link to the item in the collection and the reason why you think it should be taken down. Our team will review your request and inform you of the outcome of our review.

Can I use or republish items from the Harvey Memories Project?

Creators of items in the Harvey Memories Project retain full copyright in their items. However, individual items include a "Rights" statement that may grant you a license to use or reuse the items with appropriate attribution.

Each item also has a suggested citation displayed on the page that offers recommendations about how to cite it. Please adhere to and respect the rights that creators have retained according to the rights statement attached to the item.

Where can I get assistance dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey?

As you share your experience with Hurricane Harvey or browse items on this site, you may feel painful emotions. Consider contacting the following resources for assistance:

  • Disaster Distress Hotline, 1-800-985-5990 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
  • American Red Cross, 713-526-8300 (Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm)

Other Questions

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please Contact Us.