Rights and Reproductions

Brochure, General Motors Futurama, New York World's Fair, See the Future First, 1964

Many of the documents, photographs, images, films, videos, and audio materials in Archives Center collections may be reproduced. Availability for reproduction is determined by the following considerations:

Copyright, Trademark, and other Intellectual Property Right

The Smithsonian Institution does not hold copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights for most of the materials in the Archives Center’s collections. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, right to publicity, and right to privacy, may need to be cleared before the Archives Center can make copies available. The user must provide the Archives Center with written permission from the owner of the rights before copies will be produced.


Archives Center allows duplication only 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.


The Archives Center charges fees to cover the costs associated with providing copies. 

Archives Center Services and Fees


Ordering Reproductions

  • Complete and submit the Archives Center Use/Permission Request. Clearly list the materials and format you need.
  • The Archives Center will prepare and send an invoice based on the information provided. The invoice includes payment information; the Archives Center accepts checks and credit cards.
  • Processing and fulfilling orders takes ten business days following receipt of payment. Rush orders require additional cost recovery fees.
  • Credit line information will be provided with the copies.