If you would like to ask a question by email or phone, we can answer questions requiring brief research into our collection free of charge.  If you wish to ask us to aid you in a research project or conduct more extensive research, we are happy to help but an hourly or project-based fee is charged.

Contact us for specific questions.

Fees for Hourly Research

$50 per hour

$30 per hour for non-profits

Reproduction Fees


$15 + hourly fee for staff time used


  Existing Image New Image
Private Individuals $10 $15
Non-profits, Educators, & Government Agencies $20 $30
Journalism and Press Media $50 $75
Businesses $75 $115
Publications $100 $150

How to request a photo or document

Digital Files for Personal, Editorial, Commercial, and Other Uses

High resolution TIFF files and JPG files (300-600 dpi) and standard web-quality JPG files (96-150dpi), and high or low resolution PDF files are available for use in newspapers/magazines, books, journals, film/television, exhibitions, websites, and all other uses.

To order reproduction prints, contact us.


  1. Complete and submit the NCHS Permissions Order Form.
  2. Review the fee schedules (above).
  3. Prepayment is required. An invoice will be provided once the NCHS Permissions and Reproduction Form is submitted.
  4. Orders are non-refundable. Rush fees and special handling fees are non-refundable.