Please use the information below to determine what type of user you are. Regardless of your user type, it is important to note:
If you are still not sure what category to select when ordering or submitting paperwork, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance.
For students, family historians, and other researchers wishing to use the selected items for their own use. Personal uses DO NOT include any use that involves selling the image or making a profit.
Most personal uses are non-public, like:
However, there are acceptable personal uses that are also public, including:
Use of the selected items by a nonprofit or tax-exempt organization. The organization using the items must be registered as a nonprofit or tax-exempt organization under its own state or federal law.
If it is requested, the organization must be able to provide documentation
demonstrating their status.
Any money made from the publication, display, broadcast, etc. must go into the accounts of the non-profit organization and not to any individual, corporation, or other organization.
Common non-profit uses include:
If a commercial user is working for a non-profit on a for-hire basis, the non-profit can request/order the use-permission free of charge.
Use of the selected items by a federal, state, tribal, county, or local government or government agency. If it is requested, the organization must be able to provide documentation demonstrating their status.
Any money made from the publication, display, broadcast, etc. must go into the accounts of the government entity and not to any individual, corporation, or other organization.
Common governmental uses include:
If a commercial user is working for a governmental entity on a for-hire basis, the governmental entity can request/order the use permission free of charge.
Minnesota-based media providers and publishers are welcome to use MNHS collection items in their content, regardless of the nonprofit or tax-exempt status of the media provider.
This applies only to Minnesota-based organizations using MNHS images while providing local news or Minnesota-centered information to the general public through a newspaper, magazine, radio, television, website, book, film, or other medium.
Minnesota Media and Publishers may use MNHS images in the course of promoting their projects that provide local news or Minnesota centered information.
If planning other uses, the organization should select either a non-profit or commercial use, based on the organization's status.
Use of the selected items in any public manner by any entity that is not governmental, a Minnesota media/publishing outlet, or a registered non-profit or tax-exempt organization.
If a commercial user is working for a non-profit or governmental entity on a for-hire basis, the non-profit or governmental entity can request/order the use permission free of charge. If the commercial entity places the request/order, they must pay the appropriate use fee(s).
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: 10am to 4pm
Sunday to Wednesday: Closed