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Reproductions of Prints & Photographs Division Images

Quality reproductions of images in the Prints & Photographs Division can be purchased from Library of Congress Duplication Services, once an image has been selected and its identifying information recorded.

Finding Images

Rights, Permissions, and Credits

  • The Library does not grant or deny permission concerning the use of images. While many images are unrestricted, it is not true that all images in the Prints & Photographs Division are in the public domain. Patrons need to be aware of the several kinds of rights which might apply: copyright, donor restrictions, privacy rights, publicity rights, licensing and trademarks.
  • When material reproduced from the Library's collections is used in a publication, the Library requests that the reproduction number be published with credit to the Library, such as: "Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-13459."

Purchasing Copies

Library of Congress Duplication Services offers information on products and pricing; digital file resolutions (dpi), and online order forms and instructions.

Delays affecting original nitrate negatives

Nitrate Film Negatives

It is possible to purchase reproductions from nitrate negatives, but because they are stored in an off-site storage facility, orders take 12-14 weeks to be completed.

Does this affect what I want to order?:  The negatives in the off-site storage facility that people most often order from are in the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information/Office of Emergency Management (FSA/OWI/OEM) Collection and in the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection. 

Clues that an FSA/OWI/OEM image may be affected are:

  • The MEDIUM field says "1 negative : nitrate" OR
  • The information in the REPRODUCTION NUMBER field begins with: LC-USF33-

Clue that a LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection image is affected is:

  • The negative number begins with: LC-L92, L922, L924, or L927

In a few instances, duplicate negatives or existing scans are available.  Please check with Prints & Photographs Division reference staff.

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