Rights, Reproductions & Licensing
Reproductions of objects in the Museum’s collections may be licensed for personal, scholarly, or commercial uses. The fastest and most efficient way to submit requests for high-resolution images is though the online Collections Portal. More information about how the Collections Portal works can be found here. Orders are processed in the order they are received, and staff makes every effort to respond promptly, but please allow up to five business days for a response. Clients may also email Rights and Reproductions or call 917.492.3375.
Clients interested in obtaining a high-resolution image of an undigitized object should email Rights and Reproductions for a digitization quote at least one month in advance of the image delivery deadline. Additional time may be required if the object is on loan or display. The fee for digitization is separate from the licensing fee.
Permission to use an image is based on the rights stated on the invoice or permission form. No image may be distorted in any way, whether by rotation, inversion, change of proportion, color alteration, superimposition, animation, or any other method without prior approval from the Museum.
A detail of an image may be used, subject to prior approval from the Museum, and must be labeled as such.
No image may be cropped more than 10 percent or over-printed without prior approval from the Museum.
Researchers may use, free of charge, copies of low-resolution images from the Collections Portal for non-commercial use, such as illustrating a school paper or website, or for study. Each image must be accompanied by the following credit line: [Name of creator] / Museum of the City of New York. [Accession number]. If the image will be posted online, please provide a link back to the catalog record in the collections portal.
Image reproductions must be accompanied by the credit line supplied by the Museum. The credit line will appear on the final invoice or permission form.
Complimentary Copy of Work
The Museum will be furnished, free of charge, with one copy of the published work within thirty days of printing. Please send the copy to the attention of:
Rights and Reproductions
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
In some cases, the Museum owns only the physical object and does not assume copyright ownership. The Museum’s reproduction and/or high-resolution access charges do not include fees owed to the rights holder(s). The Museum will inform the researcher if it does not own copyright to an object, and will assist to the best of its ability to provide contact information for the rights holder(s). However, clearing copyright and any other rights that may be vested in an image is entirely the responsibility of the end user.
Purchasing a Print
Images are printed with a Stylus Pro 7890 on Epson’s acid-free Exhibition Fiber Paper. All prints have a resolution of 300 ppi with the image centered on your selected paper size, allowing for a 1-inch white border (1/2 inch for 8 x 10) on each edge, following the original image proportions.
Prints are produced from the digital images available on the online Collections Portal and are exact representations of the object in the Museum’s collection. The Museum does not touch-up, color-correct, crop, or otherwise manipulate the digital images prior to printing.
Prints for Personal Use
8 x 10 inch print, shipping USA: $85. Shipping world: $110.50
11 x 14 inch print, shipping USA: $125. Shipping world: $162.50
16 x 20 inch print, shipping USA: $200. Shipping world: $260
20 x 24 inch print, shipping USA: $240. Shipping world: $312
Museum members receive 10% off prints for personal use and should email Rights and Reproductions to obtain the discount.
Prints for Public Display
8 x 10 inch print, shipping USA: $125. Shipping world: $162.50
11 x 14 inch print, shipping USA: $175. Shipping world: $227.50
16 x 20 inch print, shipping USA: $240. Shipping world: $312
20 x 24 inch print, shipping USA: $285. Shipping world: $370.50