We offer copy request services for researchers who are unable to visit the library to view the materials in person. We do not offer in-depth research services.
For all copy request services, staff will make low-resolution, black-and-white PDF scans of specific materials in the MNHS collections.
All copies are made for research purposes only and services are compliant with the restrictions of US copyright law.
If you need paper copies
This copy service is specifically designed to provide digital scans. This allows us to provide materials to researchers faster, more efficiently, and more affordably than if we sent paper copies. However, we recognize that some researchers need their materials in hard copy. If you require paper copies, please contact our reference staff.
If you need high-resolution scans
This service is not designed to produce scans that are appropriate for publication, broadcast, or further reproduction. For higher-resolution scans of pages, documents, or photographs, please submit an image order.
Scans are sent via email from email@example.com and are sent as attachments whenever possible. If the files are too large to email, they will be uploaded to our file-sharing site. You will receive a notification email with a link to the site where you can download the file(s). These messages sometimes end up in email spam or junk folders, so be sure to check those as well as your inbox.
You can request the following materials. They are also available through interlibrary loan. Talk to your local public or academic library about submitting an interlibrary loan request on your behalf.
|1 to 25 pages||Free|
|26 to 50 pages||$5|
|51 to 100 pages||$10|
|101 to 200 pages||$20|
|Over 200 pages||Contact our reference staff for a price quote|
You can request the following materials:
The following materials cannot be copied through this service:
This service can be used to request scans from one reel of microfilm per order.
Scans can be made from:
Scans cannot be made from the following materials:
Orders will be canceled if scans fall under one of our other research services, such as:
Please be aware that photographs and drawings on microfilm are often over- or under-exposed and/or out of focus. Staff will do their best to scan images, but they will never look as good as the non-microfilmed originals.
If a requested folder contains any audio-visual or oversized materials (including maps or blueprints), a placeholder sheet with item information will be scanned in lieu of that item. Information on requesting a copy of the special format(s) will be included when the scans are emailed.