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Rights & Reproductions

Brooklyn Historical Society is pleased to license digital reproductions of collection materials.

Digital Reproduction of Materials

Users may license digital reproductions of collection items for personal, scholarly, nonprofit, or commercial uses. All forms of payment are accepted, and all requests are subject to copyright law.

You can request a reproduction by completing this application form. Quotes will include both a digitization fee (if applicable) and a licensing fee.

Please allow two to three weeks for all digital reproductions. Rush orders will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and will incur additional fees. Brooklyn Historical Society reserves the right to decline to reproduce material or to limit the amount of material that can be digitized.

Photographs, Archival Materials, Art, and Artifacts

Photographs of artifacts and digital reproductions of photographs, art, and paper documents are available on a case-by-case basis, provided the material may be safely scanned or photographed. All scans are provided as TIFF, JPG, or PDF files.

Oral Histories

Clips from oral histories are available on a case-by-case basis. All clips are provided as MP3 files. We do not provide copies of full interviews.

Audiovisual Materials

Audiovisual archival materials are considered for digitization on a case-by-case basis. In the case that materials must be sent to a third-party vendor for digitization, patrons are responsible for all costs incurred. Brooklyn Historical Society reserves the right to select the digitization vendor.

Reproduction Fees

Please review BHS’s rights and reproductions fee schedule. Note that the schedule includes separate rates for licensing and digitization (if applicable).  Fees are assessed per item.

Credit Line

All reproductions of collection materials must include the credit line provided by BHS. Image orders will include a full citation upon delivery. Credit lines must appear in close proximity to the reproduction or in a special section devoted to credits.

Takedown Notice

Because we are committed to making our collections available to the widest audience possible, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has made digital reproductions of items from our collections available online. For each item, BHS has endeavored to secure all necessary rights. If you are a rights holder and believe your materials have been added to our digital collections without your permission, or if you have any other concerns about the materials available online, please email [email protected] and include your contact information, the related URL, and the reason you wish to have the material removed.

Copy of Work

Within thirty days of printing or publication, BHS must be sent, free of charge, one copy of the published work featuring a reproduction of collection materials. Send the copy to the following address:

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Attention: Library Rights and Reproductions

Copyright and Fair Use

Please review BHS’s complete Rights & Reproduction policy here.

Contact Information

For additional information or questions, please contact library staff.

Library Staff