The Historic New Orleans Collection provides photographic prints and digital images of collection materials for a fee and subject to its General Conditions Governing Use of Materials from The Historic New Orleans Collection. Duplications may be requested for study purposes and for one-time reproduction in publications, exhibitions, or motion pictures. 

Duplications of moving images and sound recordings are available for reproduction purposes only. Screening and listening copies are not available outside of the Williams Research Center reading room. Music under copyright is not available for reproduction. Music that is available commercially is not available for reproduction.

All rights and reproduction requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

List of reproduction services and fees

To request photographic duplications of collections materials, in print or digital format, or duplications of moving images or sound recordings, please fill out and sign the appropriate Notification of Intent, and return it to the Williams Research Center by email, mail (Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130) or fax (504.598.7168).

Request to Use Photographic Images for Personal Research

Request to Publish Photographic Images

Request to Exhibit Photographic Images

Request to Use Photographic Images on the Internet

Request to Use Photographic Images in Motion Pictures or Videos

Request to Use Moving Images

Request to Use Sound Recordings

Upon receipt of the Notification of Intent, your request will be reviewed by staff.  If approved, you will be sent an Agreement to Conditions Governing Use of Materials from The Historic New Orleans Collection.  This form is also an invoice for any charges that may be associated with your request.  The form must be signed and returned, and the invoice paid in full for your order to be processed.  Completion of a Notification of Intent does not, in and of itself, constitute permission to use collections materials.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

The reading room staff can photocopy certain materials at the patron's request. Permission must be obtained on a case-by-case basis for all photocopies, excluding microforms. The patron accepts all responsibility for possible infringement of intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright, laws of libel, or literary property rights. No photocopies may be made of oversized, hand-colored, or fragile items.

Copy requests are filled as resources permit, and may not always be filled immediately. Copy requests made by patrons in the reading room may be filled at a later date and mailed to the patron at the applicable mailing fee rate. Copy requests placed after 4:00 p.m. may not be completed before the following business day. Except for microfilm, all copies are made by staff. Please limit photocopy requests to 30 pages per visit. (Copy limits do not apply to microfilm copies which are made by the patron at time of visit.) All photocopy fees are due before the patron leaves the WRC.

Photocopies: 50¢ per page

Mailed copies: 60¢ per page

Microfilm: 25¢ per page; users may also upload saved scans from microform readers to a personal USB flash drive.

Copies mailed in the US include a mailing fee of $5.00 or actual postage if greater. Copies mailed internationally include a mailing fee of $10.00 US, or actual postage if greater. All microfilm copies and photocopies made in response to mail, email, or phone requests are 60¢ each page, plus shipping and handling.


Patrons may use personal cameras or phones to photograph materials.  Prior to taking any photographs permission must be obtained from a reading room staff member and our photography policy must be read, signed and followed. Permission is always at the discretion of the staff member.



The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.