The continuing, ancient struggle between ownership of the physical object and ownership of the copyright in a work of authorship embodied therein has reared its head in a current dispute over a tour featuring the manuscript of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road." The tour organizer is reported to have refused permission to take photographs of the manuscript. Some enterprising citizens have done so anyway, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035555243@N01/93821899/in/pool-fairuse/
An open letter to the tour organizer protesting this policy is found here. The manuscript is owned by Colt's owner Jim Irsay. Irsay of course has no copyright interest in the manuscript itself, so any infringement action would have to be brought by Kerouac's estate. Good luck on that account. The above photographs would qualify as news reporting fair use. This is not to deny that as a contract matter one can ban photography, nor that in the case of certain material objects flash photographs should be banned to avoid deterioration. But that hardly seems a problem here.