Photographs: Use Permissions & Licensing

Subjects: How-To Guides
Tags: how-to, photos


The photographs at the Minnesota Historical Society visually represent Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure and occupations from the pre-territorial period to the present.  With over 200,000 individual photographs to search in Collections Online, and thousands more available as photograph, manuscript, and government records collections, these images can be useful in a variety of public contexts. 

This guide provides information about obtaining permission to use images in publications, broadcast media, displays/exhibits, merchandise, etc.*  

  •  Kodak Brownie camera with flash, ca 1955Basic FAQs:  answers to questions about use, permissions, fees, etc.
  • Types of Users: descriptions and examples to help you select the correct user-type for your order
  • Types of Uses and Pricesdescriptions and examples to help you select the correct use-type for your project
  • Conditions of Use: standard rules for using Minnesota Historical Society images, including citations, editing, etc.
  • How to Order Use Permissions: step-by-step process for requesting use permission, whether you need a copy of the image or already have one
  • Help and More

* For information on finding the perfect photo and using the ordering system, please see our Photographs: Research & Ordering Guide


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Guide Author

Jenny McElroy
Reference Librarian

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