Reference Services, Copies and Fees
The IHS staff offers reference assistance to researchers who visit the William H. Smith Memorial Library and to customers who contact us by telephone, letter, fax or e-mail. Inquiries must include requester’s name and mailing address. To facilitate a timely and accurate response, customers are encouraged to read information, directions and referral contacts on the main Library and Archives page.
Responses to reference requests may require up to two to three weeks to fulfill. Requests are answered in order of receipt, but if a more prompt reply is needed, please call Library Reference at (317) 234-0321.
Paper copies and/or photographic or digital image reproductions can be made of most of the material in IHS collections.
Fees apply for making and/or using all copies or reproductions, and an hourly rate applies for any noninstructional research or other assistance by IHS requiring more than 30 minutes. An hourly rate is billable in full hourly increments, with the first hour payable in advance and the remainder as specified in a research request form. This rate also includes up to 10 paper copies at no additional charge for each hour. If requested, IHS can also provide names of professional researchers if a project is beyond the scope of our usual services. All arrangements between requester and private researcher are the responsibility of the requester.
Fee Schedule (effective January 1, 2012)
(including private individuals)
(including teachers and students)
(for personal use)
|Paper copy of collections
|Hourly rate for research services
after an initial 15-minute consultation
(includes up to 10 paper copies)
(no charge for first hour)
(5x7 or 8x10)
|Low-resolution scanned image on CD or via e-mail
(150 to 300 dpi)
|$15||$10 ($5 for a part 5 IHS-supported education
activity or a part 6 local historical organization)
|High-resolution scanned image on CD or via e-mail
(over 300 and up to 600 dpi)
|Moving image or audio files selected, digitized from existing source tapes and provided on an industry standard media||$500 per selected minute produced (includes use fee) -OR- $80 per full hour (i.e. no selected segments; use fees may apply)||$250 per selected minute produced (includes use fee) -OR- $60 per full hour (i.e. no selected segments; use fees may apply)||$100 per selected minute produced (includes use fee)
-OR- $40 per full hour (i.e. no selected segments; use fees may apply)
|DVD copies from existing digital media
|Audio files copied from existing media
Additional image use fees for book or periodical illustration, videos or films, other publications; office, restaurant or commercial display
|$75||$50 (out of state)
$25 (Indiana only)
|Additional image use fees for images used in digital products (CDs, DVDs, ebooks and any Web site use)
||$125||$75 (out of state)
$50 (Indiana only)
|Additional image use fees for book covers, dust jackets,
CD/DVD covers; any packaging or wrappers
|$150||$100 (out of state)
$75 (Indiana only)
|Additional image use fees for photographic prints or digitized images for advertising, marketing or promotional purposes
||$200||$150 (out of state)
$100 (Indiana only)
Microfilm duplication (one reel from existing negative copy for which IHS owns copyright)
Charges for Copies and Reproductions of IHS Items
Prices for copies, reproductions and related “use fees” reflect IHS policy to recover costs of making copies and reproductions, as well as modest consideration for conservation and preservation of and access to the collections. “Use fees” are additionally and cumulatively assessed according to the manner(s) in which the images are used. IHS retains all rights to any “made-to-order” negatives, slides or digital images made to complete photographic image reproduction orders. Use fees for “special uses” not described above will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the IHS senior director, Collections, in writing, such as (but not limited to):
- Prints larger than 11x14 may be made on a case-by-case basis and may include any outside commercial fees necessary for IHS to fulfill such requests in addition to internal IHS costs.
- Material reproduced as end papers, murals, unbound material (e.g., note cards and post cards) or other uses deemed as “special uses” may be subject to higher use fees.
- Reproductions used in advertisements for publications containing specific images are subject to both publication and advertising use fees.
- Other copies, reproductions or services may only be authorized by the senior director, Collections on a case-by-case basis and may include any outside commercial fees necessary for IHS to fulfill such requests, in addition to internal IHS costs.
- “IHS-supported education activity” is a specific activity in Indiana identified, supported and/or coordinated by the IHS Education Department (e.g. Indiana participants of National History Day, Indiana Junior Historical Society and other identified school program offerings). Such requests may only be made by a teacher, in writing or by e-mail, to the IHS director of education (who transmits approved requests to the IHS senior director, Collections for fulfillment action and collection of fees). The $5 charge per image includes a use fee of $1 and $4 to produce an image from images already in the IHS digital collections. New scans of original material are charged all full image copy and use fees in the above table for Indiana teachers and students.
- IHS-recognized “local historical organization” is a specific local nonprofit historical or heritage organization chartered and operating in Indiana (e.g. county historical society, town museum or identifiable unit of a local library). Such requests may only be made by an officer of the organization, in writing or by e-mail, to the IHS denior director, Collections. This specifically reduced $5 charge per image includes a use fee of $1 (in lieu of the “additional image use fees” in the above table) and $4 copy fee to produce an image from images already in the IHS digital collections. New scans of original material may be charged all full copy and use fees in the above table for Indiana nonprofit organizations.
Shipping and Handling
- A $3 postage charge applies to researchers who visit the William H. Smith Memorial Library and request that paper copies of materials be mailed to them.
- Service charges of $3 for one to five paper copies and $10 for six or more paper copies apply to remote requests (includes postage).
- Service charges for shipping and handling for microfilms are $5 per reel to send via UPS within the United States.
- Service charges for shipping and handling for a visual reproduction or digital image copy are $5 per order to send via UPS within the United States.
- Researchers are responsible for the cost of any insurance and/or sending completed orders by express or local messenger service.
- Both high- and low-resolution copies of digital images in a file format determined by IHS (in consultation with the customer) can be e-mailed in an attachment format to the requester or copied onto a removable media format determined by IHS and sent to the requester.
- Removable media copies are only made on CD disks. For security reasons, IHS cannot make copies on media provided by patrons.
IHS provides copies of items in its collections as a service to researchers, and fees reflect the cost for providing this service. IHS reserves the right to refuse a request for copies if its Collections and Library staff believes that copying would risk damage to the item(s) being copied.
When requesting copies of IHS collections material, researchers are expected to read the photocopying policies procedures prior to making a request. All requests must include a photocopy request form described below. All photocopying for researchers is accomplished by IHS Collections and Library staff. Requests for copies will be completed as quickly as possible within IHS resource limitations on equipment and staff time. Copies will be mailed if it is not possible to provide them to a visiting researcher at the time of the request. Fax requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on quantity and resources available at IHS.
The photocopy request form is used for material from Manuscript Collections and Printed Collections. All contact information, the purpose of the copies and requester’s signature are initially necessary for IHS to complete a photocopy request. IHS will inform the requester of the cost of the order after receiving a completed form, which should be mailed to:
William H. Smith Memorial Library
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
For Manuscripts material, copying is ordinarily limited to 50 exposures per collection, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. For preservation reasons, almost all bound volumes and some fragile items may not be copied on office copiers. Requests for digital images may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Copies of manuscript material are made for private study, scholarship or research use only; exact images of them (or parts thereof) may not be published or reproduced in any fashion without written permission of IHS.
For Printed items, IHS will make only one photocopy of the material. If condition is not an issue, items will be photocopied according to “fair use” provisions of U.S. copyright law. Copies of printed materials are made for private study, scholarship or research use only; except for the “fair use,” they may not be published or reproduced in any fashion without prior written permission for the copyright holder.
For Visual collections, only photographic or digital image reproductions can be made of material in IHS collections, subject to the following terms:
- The coordinator of visual reference services in the IHS Collections and Library Reference Department handles all approved requests for photographic reproductions of all library material.
- The above-described hourly fee will apply to any inquiry that would require more than 30 minutes of noninstructional reference consultation, research or other assistance.
- IHS processes photographic reproduction orders in the order received and strives to complete copy work or duplications within five working days. IHS does not guarantee a delivery time or offer “rush” service.
- For images with architectural content, IHS requests as much specific information as possible: street address, legal description, and name of building, business, architect and original owner or business.
- Videotaping or other moving imagery of IHS images is exclusively handled by the IHS coordinator of visual reference services. Research must be completed, images approved and appointments scheduled prior to any recording session. The IHS hourly rate applies (billable in full hourly increments) while IHS coordinates any session.
Conditions Governing Use of IHS Photographic Image Reproductions
NOTICE AND WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS:
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a customer makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement action and will hold IHS harmless.
IHS reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order that, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order may involve violation of the copyright law. THE INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR RESOLVING CUSTOMER COPYRIGHT QUESTIONS.
- Permission to use photographic image reproductions from the IHS is granted for “one-time only” use in the manner specified in the “Statement of Intended Use” section of the IHS Visual Resource Contract Form. Any subsequent or additional use (including reprints, second editions, special editions, editions in different languages, videotape or other editions of television broadcasts, etc.) must be applied for in writing and are subject to additional use fees.
- Proper and full credit must be given. The basic credit line is Indiana Historical Society. When provided by IHS, negative numbers, photographers’ and collection names must also be in the credit.
- With printed matter or Web pages, it is preferred that the credit line appear on the same or facing page as the illustration. Negative numbers must appear either near the illustration or at the point of credit. Each item must be credited individually.
- With films, filmstrips, multimedia slide or digital presentations, CD-ROMs and videotapes, the credit is to be included within a “Sources of Illustrations” section. If a companion guide, manual or other printed publication is produced, credit must appear at the point where the illustration is discussed.
- With news spots, credit must appear on screen with the reproduction or within the script for the segment.
- With exhibitions, credit must appear within the exhibition area, preferably near the reproduction.
- One complimentary copy of each completed publication in which any image reproductions appear shall be furnished to IHS Collections and Library within one month of initial publication (regardless of format).
- Changes made to the appearance of the original item, such as cropping, superimposition, tinting, retouching, digital enhancement, etc. must be indicated in the accompanying caption or label.
- In authorizing the publication of a reproduction, IHS in no way surrenders either its own right to publish anything from its collections or its right to grant permission for others to publish.