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The Jay Robert Nash Collection

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Jay Robert Nash is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost historians. He is the author of more than seventy single and multi-volume trade and reference books, read by millions and translated into numerous languages. Nash is the author of such best-selling works as Bloodletters and Badmen, Darkest Hours, Spies, Among the Missing, The Dillinger Dossier, and Terrorism in the 20th Century. He is the author, editor and publisher of many standard encyclopedic works such as the 8-volume Encyclopedia of World Crime (10 million words) and the 17-volume Motion Picture Guide (25 million words), both recognized by authorities as the definitive in-print reference works on worldwide criminal justice and films. Nash is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the only author to receive an unprecedented four "Best Reference" awards from the American Library Association.

Nash is the founder and director of, the Commercial Research Image Archive. The Jay Robert Nash Collection, exclusively distributed by CRIA, consists of more than six million (6,000,000) historical images in the public domain which Nash collected over a four-decade period. The collection includes images covering the entire scope of human history.

In addition to historical images, the collection includes contemporary, all-color, high-end resolution images consisting of worldwide historic landmarks and the natural world. These include buildings; structures, gardens, works of art, archeological and anthropological artifacts, antiques and objects of antiquity, waterways, streams, rivers, channels, canals, seas, oceans, mountains and volcanoes, resorts; domestic and wild animals, birds, fish and every conceivable subject of interest — all photographed at Nash's direction by professional photographers.

Nash is keenly aware of the worldwide demand for high-quality commercial images by all types of media enterprises. He resolved at the dawn of the Internet to offer his entire collection for commercial use. It was (and remains) his opinion that images offered by some other image providers are priced at exorbitant rates. Rights-managed images carry layers of royalty charges and as such make rights-managed images cost-prohibitive to most mainstream users.

Nash resolved to offer his images at an affordable flat rate on a royalty-free basis. This meant that there were no draconian royalty charges, and far fewer restrictions with respect to use of images. This approach greatly expands the types of publications in which images could be used, the number of times an image could be replicated, the location of publication, etc. "It is true," said Nash "that a picture, indeed, is worth a thousand words — but it is not necessarily worth a thousand dollars."

CRIA's philosophy and policies are in full accord with this perspective. CRIA's Terms of Use are both liberal and fair, conforming to the industry's accepted views of Royalty-Free images and the restrictions governing their use.

As the exclusive distributor of the Jay Robert Nash Collection, the Derek Fell Collection and others to come, CRIA has launched an initiative to bring other outstanding collections into its presentation infrastructure. Further information concerning this initiative will be made available through forthcoming press releases.

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