The Minnesota Historical Society prioritizes supporting communities and increasing collections access. One way we do this is by providing copies of materials in the MNHS Collection to community organizations who request them, at no cost. These duplications may be for a specific project like an exhibit or a publication, or they may be for longer term use (in a research or working collection, for example).
Currently this program is for non-profit organizations and tribal governments that work in and with:
This is a pilot program that may grow and/or change over time.
Copies can be made from most formats of materials but must adhere to copyright, donor, and other restrictions. If you have questions about particular formats or items, please contact email@example.com before submitting an order/application.
Examples of commonly copied materials are:
The application process is meant to be very easy. All you need to provide is:
Applying for the program is included in the ordering process for whatever duplication you are seeking. It may be part of an online system or it may be a paper form.
For images that are not in our Collections Online system, you will submit the following:
Staff will process your order and evaluate your application. It may take up to 3 weeks to evaluate your application and process your order. The timeframe for delivery of digital materials will vary based on the order.
If you qualify for the program and there is funding still available in the fiscal year, MNHS will cover the duplication fees and complete your order.
If you do not qualify or if there are no funds currently available, we will let you know. Your group can then determine whether you would like to cancel your order or continue with the standard duplication fees.
Copies will be delivered in a digital file format, via email, file transfer, or harddrive.
At this time, we are not delivering copies on microfilm, paper, or photographic print.
The timeframe for delivery of digital materials will vary based on the order.
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
Located on the Second Floor of the Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Thursday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday to Wednesday: Closed