Photographs: Research & Ordering

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Tags: arts, how-to, photos

How to Order (starting February 2021)

Online Ordering is Back for Many Items!  

Please Note:

  • Turnaround time on image orders may be 2+weeks after the order is processed.
  • Rush Service is currently unavailable.
  • New orders will be processed on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Only digital images are available, no photographic prints can be processed at this time.

 

Images in Collections Online Blue internet button with a shopping cart icon and the word "buy" on it
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 library.permissions@mnhs.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.  

[Note: this form is for duplication only. For non-personal uses/licensing, the Image Use/Permission Request form is also required.  See our Permissions and Licensing FAQ for more information.]

 

Prices for Digital Scans and Prints

Digital Scans:

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.   

Small  $7
Large $25
Extra-Large $60

*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.  

Prints:

Physical prints are not currently available.  

 

Minnesota Historical Society Members receive a 10% discount on image duplications. 

 

Selecting a File Type for Digital Scans

File Type Best For Technical Info
Small Internet publishing, reports, emails, student work, presentations, some printing (at original size or smaller only). 

JPEG only
1500 pixels, ~300 dpi 
2 to 15 MB file size 

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). 

TIFF only
6000+ pixels, 300-600+ dpi
20 to 100+ MB file size

Payment

Pay by Credit CardCheck out stations in a store at Sun Ray Shopping Center, Hudson Road near McKnight Road South, St. Paul, 9/12/1957

  • Pay through the online system OR
  • On the paper form put your credit card info or mark "Invoice Me" and MNHS can invoice and you can pay securely online

 

Pay by Check

  • Place your order in the online system.  During the checkout process, select "offline payment" and then send your check in the mail.
  • If ordering via paper form, mail the check and the form together to the address on the form.

 

 

Note:  We cannot process any Image Orders until payment is received.  

Delivery (Starting August 2020)

Timeline for Delivery

  • When your order is received, we will first check to be sure that the image can be copied, according to our guidelines, copyright restrictions, etc.  
  • Orders will be completed within 2 weeks of permission being granted for copying.  
  • Please contact us for a completion date for orders with 40+ images.
  • Rush service is not currently available


Methods of Delivery

  • JPEG formatted files under 1MB or 1000k are sent via direct e-mail.
  • Large JPEG and TIFF formatted files are delivered through a secure FTP site.
  • Files may be compressed/zipped for delivery purposes, but will open to size ordered
  • For security reasons we cannot copy files onto disks or flash drives provided by customers.
  • A packing slip and/or use and permission PDF is shipped/emailed with each order.
     
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