The Massachusetts Historical Society offers researchers a variety of options for obtaining reproductions of many of our holdings, including photocopy service, low resolution digital files (PDF), and high resolution digital files (TIFF). The MHS will reproduce research materials from our collections with some restrictions. The staff will not make copies of materials in violation of copyright. The staff also reserves the right to refuse requests for copies of items too fragile to be reproduced. We will not photocopy or create low-resolution files of original manuscript materials that are available in another format (facsimiles or microforms).
Researchers may not photocopy or scan materials themselves. Researchers visiting the library may create non-flash photographs of materials in our manuscript reading room (see What to Bring) and may also create digital files of collections available on microfilm as equipment is available.
All requests for photocopies, and both low- and high-resolution scans must be submitted in writing either in the Reading Room or via email or mail. For more information about requesting particular types of reproductions see Reference Reproductions or High Resolution Images.