Imaging Services and Reproduction Fees

This image contains blocks of Putnam brand colors as well as photos of textured items from throughout the museum.

Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.


The Putnam Museum offers digital reproduction services for images from its collection. Reproductions are provided under license agreement for the purposes indicated by the user of these services on the Putnam’s image reproduction agreement. Conditions governing the use of reproductions are specified on that contractual agreement, to be signed both by the user and by a representative of the Putnam Museum.

Reproductions will be made only from materials in the collections, which, in the opinion of the staff, are properly available for duplication and distribution. Materials known to be copyrighted will not be reproduced without the signed authorization of the copyright owner.


The Putnam is a partner institution in the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive. Through this project, the museum is digitizing a portion of its photographic collection and providing access to it though the UMVDIA database. Reproductions of images in this database can be requested through the archive. 


Processing of a reproduction request will proceed upon the receipt of the signed original copy of the Putnam’s image reproduction agreement and the pre-payment of all reproduction, use, and processing fees. Arrangements may be made to receive high-resolution digital copies via the internet (email, Dropbox, etc.) or through the mail (photo CD). For prints, the normal delivery time is 14 days from the receipt of payment and the signed reproduction agreement. Special sizes and other services may require extra time. All print orders are shipped by first class mail unless special delivery is requested.


The Putnam has the in-house capabilities to provide high-resolution digital files of images for publication purposes. Other digital print services may be available upon request. The museum can also reproduce original prints, as well as negative and transparent media. Large originals may require use of an outside vendor and are subject to additional cost.

The prices listed are the Putnam’s standard fees. All fees listed represent current costs and are subject to change without notice.


Digital image files: $8.00 each
8 x 10 prints: $10.00 each


8” x 10″ or 11” x 14″ | $0.25 per page
11” x 17″ | $0.35 per page
13” x 19” | $0.50 per page

Handling and Shipping: 

$6.00 per order
For orders on CD an additional $1.00 is charged for media supplies. This is not charged for print orders or digital images delivered via e-mail.


A use fee is charged for publication or other commercial use of images from the collection of the Putnam Museum. This fee is charged in addition to any reproduction costs. In the table below, “for-profit entities” include all corporations, partnerships, private businesses, and individuals that will use the image in a profit-making venture. “Non-profit entities” include non-profit corporations and government agencies. All prices are per image for a one-time, non-exclusive use.

Editorial use for publication (within books, periodicals, films, video productions, websites and other published works)$60.00$15.00
Advertising and non-editorial use (book covers, end papers, clothing, postcards, posters, brochures, etc.)$175.00$80.00
Exhibition use (for any exhibition or display purposes)$125.00$25.00

WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified 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 use may be liable for copyright infringement. The Putnam reserves the right to refuse an order for copies if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. The granting of permission to publish by the Putnam does not absolve users of materials from securing permission from copyright owners or payment of such additional fees as the owners may require if the museum does not own copyright or if the material is not in the public domain. Applicants assume all responsibilities for questions of copyright and invasion of privacy that may arise from photographic copies and their use.

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