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Commercial Use Fees

To request commercial use of a photograph or image in the OHS collection please complete the photographic use forms.

Image Standards

Photographs are all custom printed to fill specific orders, and cannot be sent on approval or returned for credit. We do not retouch prints or eliminate existing imperfections including lines resulting from cracks in glass plates.

Any adjustment made to the original image, such as cropping, superimposition, tinting, retouching, digital enhancement, etc. must be indicated in the accompanying caption or label.

Video Taping

Filming and videotaping is permitted only at the discretion of the photo archivist. Research must be completed, images approved, and an appointment scheduled in advance of the filming session. School use is an exception.

Publishers Obligations

Publishers shall furnish the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division, without charge, one copy of each publication or book in which the Society is indicated as being their source. Use fee payments are due prior to the time of publication and should be clearly marked "use fee for photos." The Oklahoma Historical Society does not give exclusive rights to any publisher, author, or photographer, and assumes no responsibility for duplication of subjects by others and no responsibilities for claims by third parties.

Credit Lines

A proper credit line is mandatory. Unless otherwise specified, all reproductions must be credited as follows: name of photographer (if known), collection (if given), "Courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society," and followed by the identifying negative number. With printed matter it is preferred that the credit appear on the same, or page facing, the illustration, or, with other "sources of illustrations." Each reproduction must be individually credited. With films, filmstrips, and video usage the credit should be included with other "sources of illustrations." In the case of exhibitions, credits must appear in the exhibition area.

Exceptions to Fees

The Oklahoma Historical Society reserves the right to waive use fees for the use of photographs by the Oklahoma news media in newspaper articles, newscasts, or noncommercial documentaries. In-state nonprofit organizations may also qualify for the waiver. Waiver requests must be in writing. Please include your federal or state tax identification number. Proof of credit must be supplied before a fee can be considered for waiver.

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 the specified conditions is that the photocopy for reproduction is not used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user 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. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of this order would involve violation of the copyright law. The Oklahoma Historical Society assumes no responsibility for resolving questions concerning copyright.

Print Media
Image Use Commercial Non-Profit
Cover image $25 $15
Circulation 2,999 or fewer $50 $15
Circulation 3,000–9,999 $75 $25
Circulation 10,000–29,999 $85 $35
Circulation 30,000–99,999 $100 $75
Circulation 100,000–199,999 $175 $100
Circulation 200,000+ $200 $125
Other Media
Image Use Commercial Non-Profit
Advertising or merchandising $40 $20
Display or exhibit $30 $20
Television–local $50 $20
Television–network $120 $50
Video, DVD, film $75 $25
Oklahoma daily newspapers No fee N/A
Other daily newspapers $20 N/A
Other non-profit projects N/A $10
Oklahoma historical societies N/A No fee
Website $15 No fee