High Resolution Images
The Society provides publication quality, high-resolution digital images of material in our collections. In most cases when reproducing manuscript items the MHS produces full-color 300-600dpi uncompressed RGB TIFF files. More detailed information about image outputs can be found here.
Scan created from digital master: $45.00
Scan produced from the original item or an existing negative/transparency: $60.00
Items that cannot be imaged using standard equipment are priced on a case by case basis.
Requests should be submitted in writing to the reference librarian:
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
Email is preferred method of submission.
The reference librarian reviews all requests. You can expect an initial response within ten business days to provide a cost estimate and request any additional information that may be needed to clarify your order. Once the order details are confirmed by you the order is submitted for fulfillment.
Fulfillment of standard orders can take up to six weeks from the date of order confirmation. If you are concerned about meeting a submission deadline, please indicate a “must have by” date so that we can determine if we can accommodate your needs (see “Rush Service” below).
The completed TIFF files are made available via DropBox. When images are ready, you will receive an email with instructions for download. A use permission letter and invoice follow shortly thereafter by email.
The MHS evaluates requests for rush service on a case-by-case basis. If approved, expedited requests filled within five business days of order confirmation will incur a 150% surcharge in addition to the standard reproduction fees.
Alternative Vendors for MHS Image Materials
Some of the most frequently requested items from the MHS collections are available for purchase and licensing through the Bridgeman Art Library. For a list of images available through Bridgeman, click here.
Images of over 50 maps owned by the MHS are available for purchase through Historic Map Works, a company that maintains a digital map database of North America and the world. For a list of MHS images available for purchase, as prints, through Historic Map Works click here.