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Some collections content is in the public domain and some content is protected by third party rights such as copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, privacy, and contractual restrictions. It is your responsibility to obtain the permission(s) you need in order to use Collections content. If you have specific questions or information about copyright or permissions, contact the Permissions Office at permissions@ushmm.org.

Use of Collections Images and Media

Collections viewable on the web may be owned by the Museum, owned by others and used with their permission, or used by the Museum in accordance with applicable law. For additional information, you may consult the Museum’s copyright and legal Terms of Use.

Reproductions

The Museum offers a variety of duplication services for personal, educational, and commercial purposes. Materials that have not been digitized or not available in your preferred format may be requested, however some reproduction requests may not be fulfilled due to the complexity, cost, and scale of the work. In addition, the Museum only allows duplication of collections materials that are in stable condition. The staff will not duplicate items that are too fragile or may be damaged by the duplication process.

Request Photographs and Still Images

For information about reproduction services, contact photoarchives@ushmm.org. Orders will be filled in the order in which they are received. Please allow up to three weeks to complete any request.

Request Film, Oral History and Recorded Sound

If archive footage, oral histories, or sound recordings are in the public domain and have no copyright restrictions, the Museum can supply digital video files directly by a share file / FTP service. Staff will upload files and share a link with the client for downloading. Materials that are not in the public domain must be cleared with the rights holder by the requestor before duplication. Consult filmvideo@ushmm.org for details on specific items and review the procedures for ordering copies (PDF). To obtain copies of interviews conducted by the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, you must contact the USC Shoah Foundation directly.

Request Archival or Document Copies

To request a duplication of an entire reel of microfilm or sheet of microfiche, contact the reference staff via the Submit a Research Question Form and provide full information on the collection and the portions of it you wish to reproduce. Reference staff will ascertain if there are restrictions on the collection. The Museum cannot generally fulfill requests from offsite researchers for copies of individual documents or for the duplication of paper-based collections. As a courtesy, staff may be able to reproduce a limited number of sample pages as time and resources permit and as long as there are no restrictions on access, use, or duplication associated with the materials requested.  

Researchers are welcome to send someone to the Reading Rooms to duplicate materials on their behalf. Get more information on independent researchers for hire below.

Reproductions in the Reading Room

Library and Archives materials are available for consultation and scanning by onsite researchers in the Reading Room at the Museum during normal hours of operation. Scanning machines are available for use free of charge and subject to restrictions under the copyright law of the United States. The use of personal cameras, smartphones, and other mobile devices is also permitted within Library and Archives guidelines. All microform stations are enabled with scanners that create digital copies of materials rather than paper-based photocopies. Researchers may bring a USB-style storage device to transport files. Due to copyright restrictions, reproductions of Library and Archives materials are available for private study, scholarship, and research purposes only. If a researcher uses a reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” he or she may be liable for copyright infringement.

Independent Researchers Available for Hire

The Museum does not maintain a list of local researchers for hire nor provide recommendations or endorsements of their services. However, you may consults lists made available by: