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Requesting Copies from Schlesinger Library

Ordering Reproductions for Publication

To request high-resolution scans for publication please contact us via Ask a Schlesinger Librarian. Include a description of the item and the location (call number and folder, or image number from the catalog). All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to request low-resolution scans for research purposes, more information is available on our Requesting Copies for Personal, Research Use Guide.

Existing Digital Images:

  • Publication-quality digital copies (300 ppi Tiff files) of existing digital images in the online catalogs can be provided by Harvard's Imaging Services. The cost is $20 per 1-10 image files, plus a fee for electronic delivery.
  • Standard turn-around time on orders is 15 business days from receipt of payment. Rush orders may be available for an additional fee depending on availability. See the Imaging Services web site for more information.
  • Requests for Existing Digitized Photographs: Requests are processed by Harvard University Imaging Services. Pricing information is available on their Patron Services webpage.

Flickr Commons:

  • Download hi-res images of public domain images directly from our Flickr Commons page.

New Digitization: 

  • To request reproductions of material that is not yet digitized, you will need to place your request using a HOLLIS Special Request account. Follow the instructions on the Imaging Services website regarding required fields when placing your requests.
  • If you plan to visit the reading room first to review the available material before placing your requests, please ask about publication-quality photoduplication flags at the Reading Room desk. These flags are provided for marking the material you would like to have imaged as a means of helping us process your order. These flags are provided as a courtesy to expedite the photoduplication requesting process. Researchers are responsible for keeping track of all requested materials. 
  • New digitization starts at $20 per image, with additional fees for fragile, oversized, or bound material. There is a fee for electronic delivery and there may be additional handling fees for large orders.
  • Turn-around time is about 4-5 weeks from receipt of payment. Rush orders may be available for an additional fee depending on availability. See the Imaging Services web site for more information.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us via Ask a Schlesinger Librarian.