Images in Collections Online
For images found in the Collections Online system, click the 'Buy' button and then make the selections for your preferences (Print/Digital File/Use Only, Color/Grey-scale, Regular Service/Rush Delivery, etc.).
Note: If you are planning on 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 email@example.com 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 paper print is determined by the size of the paper.
|8.5 x 11 inches||$15.00|
|13 x 19 inches||$20.00|
|16 x 21 inches||$30.00|
If you need a print that is larger than 16 x 21, you should order a digital scan and then have it printed at a shop that can make large prints and/or posters. Please note that the lower resolution scans will pixelate when blown up significantly.
The price of a digital scan of regular-sized materials* is determined by the resolution of the image. See "Selecting a File Type" below for more information.
|Minimum: 1500 pixel digital file||$7.00|
|Medium: 3000 pixel digital file||$20.00|
|Large: 6000 pixel digital file||$30.00|
|Maximum: 12000 pixel digital file||$60.00|
*Digital copies of original materials that are larger than 16 x 20 inches cost $30.00. This oversized category includes things like maps and architectural drawings.
Minnesota Historical Society Members receive a 10% discount on image duplications.
We describe the resolution of digital scans as a file size and the number of pixels along the longest side of the image.
To determine the resolution in standard ppi (pixels per inch): divide the number of pixels by the length of the long side. Thus, if the original photograph is an 8 x 10 inch print and you order a minimum quality scan, divide the 1500 pixels by 10 inches for a resolution of 150ppi.
|File Type||Best For|
|Minimum quality (1500 pixels)||Internet publishing, reports, and presentations|
|Medium quality (3000 pixels)||most publishing and small enlargements for display|
|Large quality (6000 pixels)||high end publishing and quality enlargements for display|
|Maximum quality (12000 pixels)||enlarging the image for exhibit, very large display, and murals|
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