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Copy & Image Requests

The State Historical Society of Iowa provides copy and reproduction services for physical materials in the collections when physical condition and copyright permits. A special use fee is charged for high-resolution, digital reproductions of photographs and other materials in the collection. 

Copy Requests

Photocopies of most materials may be requested by visiting a Research Center or submitting a Reference Request.

Copies Charge
8.5"x11" $0.25/copy
8.5"x14" $0.50/copy
11"x17" $0.50/copy
Uncertified copies of indexed death certificates $7.50/copy
State Archives photocopy certification of authenticity $2.75/copy

After 75 copies, a $20.00 service fee will be charged for each additional increment of 75 copies with a maximum of 300 copies per request.

Delivery Charge
USPS Mail, 1-15 copies $3.00
USPS Mail, each additional 15 copies $1.00
FAX $1.00/page
Pickup Free

Image Requests

Digital image reproductions of photographs and other documents in the collection may be requested by submitting a reproduction request form. Digital image files are delivered in a .jpg file format at 600dpi resolution. Please review the image reproduction guidelines prior to submitting a request.

Image Reproduction and Usage Charge
Photocopy of Image  $0.25/copy
Digital Image  $20/image

Special Usage Fee

  • Print publication (run/circulation more than 1,000)
  • Advertising, marketing, fundraising, promotional materials
  • Commercial decorative display
  • Website publication
  • Merchandise
  • Film or television production/broadcast (news media exempt)
  • Exhibitions and educational media
    • In-State (no charge for first 1-5 images)
    • Out-of-State (applies to all images)


Delivery Charge
Email (up to five photos) Free
CD/DVD — Pick-Up $5.00/disk
CD/DVD — USPS Mail $10.00/disk