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Rights and Reproductions


Rights and Permissions

Historic New England regularly grants permission for the use of materials in its collections on a one-time, non-exclusive basis. Uses include but are not limited to:

  • commercial, scholarly, and nonprofit publication
  • online/website
  • broadcast/film
  • promotional
  • exhibition

Our reproduction and publication fee schedule provides information about costs. The costs include the charges for reproducing the image and for using the image in a project.

Requests for permission to use material from Historic New England’s collections should be submitted on our online reproduction request form, or, by mail to: ATTN: Permission Requests, Library and Archives, Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114-2702. Once we receive your request, we will provide you with a quote for all the associated costs. 


Historic New England will photocopy material for research and personal use if it can be done without damage to the original and if it is permitted by United States Copyright Law. Staff members will make photocopies at a rate of $.25 per page or $.50 for copies over 8 x 10. The use of cameras is allowed in certain circumstances with prior approval. All copying devices are prohibited.

Copy Prints

Historic New England is able to provide copy prints of objects in the collections. Originals will not be edited to correct imperfections, but may be adjusted for brightness or contrast. These prints are produced from high-resolution scans on high quality paper with a matte finish. We also are able to supply mats. The mats are off-white, of conservation quality, and sized to fit standard frames. All images are intended for private, non-commercial use. 

A selection of our historic images is available for purchase in our online shop.

Questions and Contact Information

For general questions about rights and permissions and obtaining prints, please call 617-994-5945. 

Rights and Reproductions