Digital Image Requests

The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, offers scholars, researchers, and the general public the opportunity to purchase high-resolution digital images of materials in the museum’s object, photograph, and manuscript collections. Requests must be secured in writing from the museum for any kind of publication or distribution of NMAI-owned or -produced images. Exceptions are described below under “Allowable Uses.”

Copyright Information
The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, is the owner of the images it offers for purchase. In many instances, the museum only owns the digital image itself, and does not necessarily own copyright in the underlying object or work of art itself, which may be owned by an artist, artist’s estate, or other person or entity. The museum endeavors to provide information that it possesses about the copyright status for such works; however, the museum offers no guarantee that all pertinent information is provided or that the information is correct in each circumstance.

Therefore, it is the sole responsibility of the person seeking permission from the museum to determine whether any additional permission, such as copyright clearance, is necessary and, if so, for obtaining the required permission and related written documentation. The museum is not responsible for any costs, claims, liabilities, or damages incurred as a result of any violation of copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity rights, or other claims arising from use of its images.

Allowable Uses
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) invites users to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images on its website for personal or classroom use, without prior written permission, provided that the files are not changed, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. (See the museum’s preferred citation format below.) All other uses, except those that may be permitted by law, shall require prior written permission from the NMAI Archive Center. For further information about allowable uses of Smithsonian/museum content, please see the Smithsonian Institution Terms of Use.

Placing an Image Request
*For image requests on behalf of a tribe or tribal group, please contact Archive Center staff directly.

To order a digital image of an item in the NMAI’s collections, please read, complete, and sign the Digital Image Request Form, and submit BOTH pages of the form via mail, fax, or email (NMAIphotos@si.edu) to the Archive Center.

All orders must be prepaid and are processed in order of receipt. The museum accepts personal and corporate checks and credit card payments. Once a request form has been submitted, full payment is expected for the requested digital files. In addition, orders cannot be canceled or modified after the submission of the request. For additional images, a new form must be submitted. Payments are non-refundable.

Failure to sign the form and/or to return it with payment delays the processing and completion of the order.

Please note that you may not reproduce or distribute the NMAI’s images until you have received a countersigned copy of the Digital Image Request Form from Archive Center staff and you have cleared any necessary rights with third parties. (See Copyright Information)

Images may be delivered digitally via FTP or burned to a DVD and shipped. Overnight domestic shipment costs $15 and international shipment $20.

As stipulated on the form, the release of images to the requestor is contingent on an agreement to supply appropriate credit lines.

Image Fees
Image fees support the continued digitization of the NMAI’s collections. All fees are per high resolution, publication-quality digital image file. Payments are non-refundable.

Students & Smithsonian Fellows
Five single digitized images free per year for academic research and non-published papers, including graduate thesis or dissertation. Valid credentials and details of paper, or project, must be provided. We reserve the right to review all requests of this nature to determine whether or not they fit the criteria.

 

Personal, Research & Classroom Use
$25 per image. Not for reproduction or duplication of any kind.

 

Books, Exhibition Catalogs, CD-ROMs, DVDs & CDs
Print run of 5,000 or less Interior - $75
Cover - $100
Re-use - 50%
+ $25 for all accompanying e-Books,
CD-ROMs, DVDs & CDs
Print run of 5,001–10,000 Interior - $150
Cover - $200
Re-use - 75%
+ $50 for all accompanying e-Books,
CD-ROMs, DVDs & CDs
Print run of 10,001–50,000 Interior - $200
Cover - $400
Re-use - 75%
+ $75 for all accompanying e-Books,
CD-ROMs, DVDs & CDs
Print run of 50,001+ Interior - $300
Cover - $600
+ $125 each for e-Books,
CD-ROMs, DVDs & CDs
+ $150 for Internet use

 

Magazines, Journals & Book Chapters
Non-Profit (up to 50,000 copies*) Interior - $25
Cover - $50
Posters - $200
Commercial (up to 50,000 copies*) Interior - $50
Cover - $100
Posters - See Smithsonian Licensing
*Each additional 50,000 copies, or portion thereof, + 100%

 

Newspapers & News Broadcasts*
*Please contact the NMAI’s Public Affairs Officer.

 

Exhibitions
Temporary $100
+ $50 for related Internet or promotional use
Traveling $150
+ $50 for related Internet or promotional use
Permanent $200
+ $50 for related Internet or promotional use
Signage $100
+ $50 for related Internet or promotional use

 

Website/Online/Digital Applications
Non-Profit $50
Commercial $100

 

Television Broadcasts*
(does not include newscast or news-related programs)
Broadcast only $100
+ $50 for related Internet use
Broadcast & All Media $200
(includes DVD, Internet, educational,
and promotional use)
*Please note that use of the NMAI’s images in a television broadcast must be approved by the museum’s Public Affairs Officer.

 

Films/Documentaries*
Non-Broadcast/Non-Theatrical $50
+ $25 for related Internet use
+ $25 for DVD
Feature $100
+ $50 for related Internet use
+ $50 for DVD
*Please note that use of the NMAI’s images in a film or documentary must be approved by the museum’s Public Affairs Officer.

 

Requests for New Object Photography
New object photography costs $150 per object and requires at least four to six weeks for completion. If accepted, rush jobs with a two- to four-week turnaround time incur a 50% surcharge. A 100% surcharge is added for work accepted with a one-week turnaround time. Image fees still apply.

Photo Duplication of Materials in the Manuscript Collections

  • Photocopies are .25 cents per page.
  • All orders must be placed by completing a Photocopy Request Invoice Form and returning it via mail, fax, or email (NMAIarchives@si.edu) to the Archive Center.
  • All orders must be paid for in advance.
  • Completed photocopy orders will be mailed via USPS.
  • Publication-quality scans of manuscript materials are also available. Please refer to Image Fees, complete a Digital Image Request Form, and submit BOTH pages of the form via mail, fax, or email (NMAIphotos@si.edu) to the Archive Center.

Proper Citations and Credit Line
Unless otherwise indicated, for all publications, both print and electronic, the credit line for photographs and objects must read:

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (catalog number).

If the image is of an object, cite the photographer, e.g.:

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (catalog number). Photo by Katherine Fogden.

If the photographer is unknown:

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (catalog number). Photo by NMAI Photo Services.

The credit line for manuscripts must read:

  • Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box, and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Mescalero Apache and/or Chiricahua Apache men, women, and children at a picnic, Mescalero Apache Reservation, New Mexico, ca. 1916. Photograph by Reverend James O. Arthur. (N53268)

(L–R) Fanny B. Ward, In Mut Too Yah Lat Lat, or Chief Joseph (Nimi´ipuu [Nez Perce], 1840–1904), Major Shore, Washington, D.C., March 1900. Photographer unknown. (P13200)

Portrait of Goyathlay or Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache, ca. 1825–1909), Washington, D.C., March 1905. Photograph by DeLancey W. Gill. (P27597)

Portrait of Ponca delegation and interpreters (standing L–R) Baptiste Barnaby (interpreter), Charles LeClaire (interpreter), (seated L–R) Big Elk, Chief Standing Buffalo Bull, White Eagle, and Standing Bear, Washington, D.C., November 14, 1877. Photograph by Charles Milton Bell. (P00871)

NMAIFVC_IMO_Film_Title_HTML_Link.html NMAIFVC_IMO_Film_Person_HTML_Link.html