Yes, what Dave said above.....I do not think you have to worry so much the legalities.....I once had a professor who researched out of print editions of the past century to reprint them......here in Nevada we have a very popular book Ghost Town and Mining Camps...by Stanley Pahr.....compiled and written from the info gathered from old photos.......Touch base with your state or provencial historical society, they love to get involved with projects of merit, as to grants, if it appears that your project is going to move ahead and be successful with out or with the help of a grant...they will probably give you the grant....