Collections Rights & Reproduction

In support of research, education, and publication, The Filson Historical Society (FHS) provides digital reproductions of items in the collections upon request. FHS does not provide printed reproductions. All requests for reproductions will be processed in the order in which they are received, regardless of the contact method used. Turnaround time depends on the complexity of the order, the need for custom photography, and department workload. Most orders take up to 7-10 business days to fully process after paperwork and payment have been received; larger and more complex orders may take longer. Rush orders (orders needed sooner than 7 days after payment) are available upon request for an additional fee.

Only materials that will not be physically damaged by the process of duplication will be copied. The Filson reserves the right to withhold permission for the reproduction of any materials.  The Filson requests one gratis copy of any publication that includes a reproduction from the FHS collections.

Fees listed below apply to high resolution (300 dpi/TIFF), publication quality digital files. If these files do not meet your needs, please contact us at images@filsonhistorical.org. All images must be credited to The Filson Historical Society. Rates for uses not listed in the following schedule will be quoted upon request. The society reserves the right to charge special fees for unlisted uses as determined on a case-by-case basis. All fees listed are subject to change.

Please consult our Rights and Reproduction Fee Schedule below prior to contacting us.

Fee Schedule

Personal Research, Dissertation, Theses

Use Type and DescriptionFee
Notes
Research Purposes Only
$25
Publication quality files for research purposes only. See fees below for publication prices. Permission paperwork required.
Dissertation/Thesis
$25
Publication quality files for research purposes only. See fees below for publication prices. Permission paperwork required.

Publication (Book, magazine, journal, brochure, film, television, etc.)

Use Type and Description
Commercial Fee
Non-Profit Fee
Book, Magazine, Journal, Brochure (includes e-publications)
$75
$60
Television/Documentary
$75
$60
Multi Format Use: Project + Publicity (print & online)
$150
$120

Presentations (Academic, conferences, PowerPoint, Prezi etc.)

Use Type and Description
Commercial Fee
Non-Profit Fee
Presentation
$50
$25

Display / Exhibition

Use Type and Description
Commercial Fee
Non-Profit
Personal
Display & Exhibition
$175
$50
N/A
Décor: Home décor
N/A
N/A
$25
Décor: Private office décor (non-public area)
$50
$40
N/A
Website: item displayed online
$175
$145
$145
Multi Format Use: Project + Publicity (print & online)
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
N/A

Oversized and Audiovisual Materials

Use Type and Description
Commercial Fee
Non-Profit Fee
Personal
Architectural Plans
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
Oversized Items
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
Audiovisual Materials: Reproductions of FHS lecture recordings
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
$25 | VHS to Digital transfer fee

$10 | DVD/Digital
New Photography Rate for Museum Objects (when no digital file exists)
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request

Additional Fees and Information

Use Type and Description
Commercial Fee
Non-Profit
Personal
Standard Orders: 7-10 business days for processing after paperwork and payment is received
As listed above
As listed above
As listed above
Rush Orders: Less than 7 business days for processing after paperwork and payment is received
+ $75 per file
+ $75 per file
+ $75 per file
Delivery: Digital Download via Dropbox Link
As listed above
As listed above
As listed above
Delivery: Digital files on CD, mailed via US Post
+ $10 | disc
+ $10 | disc
+ $10 | disc
Delivery: Digital files on CD, pick-up at FHS
+ $5 | disc
+ $5 | disc
+ $5 | disc
Re-Use Fee: Permission Only, digital file not needed
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request
Quote available upon request

Place an Order

To request a digital reproduction of an item in the FHS Collection, please use the Collections Reproduction Request form. A Filson staff member will be in contact with you regarding your order. Once you have worked with a Filson staff member to establish your order, please submit all forms and payment to The Filson Historical Society, Collections Department, 1310 S. 3rd St. Louisville, KY 40208-2306 images@filsonhistorical.org

For more information about our Collections Rights and Reproductions please contact Heather J. Potter, Curator of Photographs and Prints.