Images in Collections Online
For images found in the Collections Online system, click the 'Buy' button and then make the selections for your preferences (Digital File/Use Only, File size, etc.).
Note: If you are planning on using an MNHS image in a public setting, you should visit our Photographs: Use Permissions and Licensing guide for more information about the use permissions process.
Online Images with no "Buy" button
Images that are in Collections Online that do not have a 'Buy' button cannot be purchased through the online system. They likely have a copyright, donor, or other restriction on them. In many cases, these images cannot be purchased from MNHS, but they may be available for purchase from another source, such as the artist or photographer. If the creator information is known it will be found in the record for the image.
Contact our permissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on images without "Buy" buttons.
Images from MNHS collections (manuscripts, state archives, etc.)
To order photographs--or digital scans of documents or other items--from manuscripts and other collections, use the Image Order Form. Only images not in the Collections Online database should be ordered with this form.
The price of a digital scan of regular-sized materials* is determined by the resolution of the image/size of the file. See "Selecting a File Type" below for more information.
*Digital copies of original materials that are larger than 16 x 20 inches cost $25. This oversized category includes things like maps and architectural drawings.
Physical prints are not currently available.
Minnesota Historical Society Members receive a 10% discount on image duplications.
|File Type||Best For||Technical Info|
|Small||Internet publishing, reports, emails, student work, presentations, some printing (at original size or smaller only).||
|Large||Most uses, including publishing, documentary filmmaking, and printing up to 16x20 inches (unless original is very small),||TIFF or JPEG
3000-6000 pixel, ~300-600 dpi
20 to 60 MB file size
|Extra-Large||Recommended for very large printing (like murals) and fine publishing only
Not every item can be ordered at this size (none of the 3-D collections, for example).
Pay by Check
Note: We cannot process any Image Orders until payment is received.