Rights and Reproductions
Chicago History Museum’s Rights and Reproductions department assists those seeking digital and print reproductions of materials from our vast collection, and permission to license images for personal, non-profit, and commercial uses. Examples of these uses include publications, exhibitions, décor, television/film, Internet, and research.
To serve you as efficiently and effectively as possible, we require all inquiries regarding digital or photographic print reproductions to be submitted in writing.
To ensure that we have all the information we need to provide a quote, please:
- Fill out our Image Reproduction Request form (see below)
- Email (preferred), fax or mail the form to the address listed below. If you do not have access to a fax machine or scanner, you may enter the relevant information requested from the form into the body of an email.
After receiving your request, our staff will email you a quote based on the statement of use and format requested, followed by a contract/invoice upon your acceptance of the quote. After we receive payment and a signed contract, your order will be processed. Digital files will be delivered via an FTP site called Hightail – downloading instructions will be provided to you by email. Prints will be mailed via USPS, and cannot be picked up at the museum.
Prepayment is required for all orders. You may pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express), check or cash. For overseas payments, bank transfer payments may be arranged for an additional surcharge. We do not accept foreign checks.
All fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
Due to a large volume of requests, it may take 1-2 weeks for you to receive a reply to your initial request (via email). Turn-around time is approximately 2-3 weeks from receipt of payment, though additional time may be necessary depending upon the nature of the specific order and the availability of the requested images.
Rush services may be available upon request for an additional fee.
Please submit all requests to:
Chicago History Museum
Rights and Reproductions Department
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Due to the large volume of requests, Rights and Reproductions cannot accept phone calls.
The cost to obtain an image will vary depending upon your anticipated use and the digital file/print size you require. Please refer to our fee schedule (see below) for pricing information. Pricing varies according to your intended use of the image and the digital file/print size required (please note that the total cost will be the sum of the use fee and the production fee).
Please use the following credit line:
Chicago History Museum, [identifying number]; [photographer’s name], photographer
- Chicago History Museum, ICHi-12345; J. W. Taylor, photographer
- Chicago History Museum, HB-12345-A; Hedrich-Blessing, photographer
- Chicago History Museum, DN-1234567; Chicago Daily News, photographer
Identifying number and photographer can be found on your contract/invoice. Photographer’s name may be omitted if not known.
For remote photocopy and architectural document reproduction requests, please download and complete the appropriate form below.
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