Digital Image Requests
The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, offers scholars, researchers, and the general public the opportunity to purchase high-resolution digital images of materials in the museum’s object, photograph, and manuscript collections. Requests must be secured in writing from the museum for any kind of publication or distribution of NMAI-owned or -produced images. Exceptions are described below under “Allowable Uses.”
The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, is the owner of the images it offers for purchase. In many instances, the museum only owns the digital image itself, and does not necessarily own copyright in the underlying object or work of art itself, which may be owned by an artist, artist’s estate, or other person or entity. The museum endeavors to provide information that it possesses about the copyright status for such works; however, the museum offers no guarantee that all pertinent information is provided or that the information is correct in each circumstance.
Therefore, it is the sole responsibility of the person seeking permission from the museum to determine whether any additional permission, such as copyright clearance, is necessary and, if so, for obtaining the required permission and related written documentation. The museum is not responsible for any costs, claims, liabilities, or damages incurred as a result of any violation of copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity rights, or other claims arising from use of its images.
Placing an Image Request
To place an image request, complete and sign a Digital Image Request and return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include details about intended use of the images and provide image catalog numbers, when possible. Image fees are determined by specific use cases, as specified below.
Image fees support the continued digitization of the NMAI's collections. All fees are per high resolution, publication-quality digital image file. Payments are non-refundable.
|Students & Smithsonian Fellows|
|Five single digitized images free per year for academic research and non-published papers, including graduate thesis or dissertation. Valid credentials and details of paper, or project, must be provided. We reserve the right to review all requests of this nature to determine whether or not they fit the criteria.|
|Personal, Research & Classroom Use|
|$25 per image. Not for reproduction or duplication of any kind. Only applies to images not currently available on NMAI’s website.|
|Books, Journals, Exhibitions, Website, etc.|
|$75 per image|
|Newspapers & Television Broadcasts, Films/Documentaries*
*Please contact the NMAI's Public Affairs Officer.
|$75 per image|
|*Please note that use of the NMAI’s images in a television broadcast must be approved by the museum’s Public Affairs Officer.|
Requests for New Object Photography
New object photography costs $150 per object and requires at least four to six weeks for completion. If accepted, rush jobs with a two- to four-week turnaround time incur a 50% surcharge. A 100% surcharge is added for work accepted with a one-week turnaround time. Image fees still apply.
Photo Duplication of Materials in the Manuscript Collections
- Photocopies are .25 cents per page.
- All orders must be placed by completing a Photocopy Request Invoice Form and returning it via mail, fax, or email (email@example.com) to the Archive Center.
- All orders must be paid for in advance.
- Completed photocopy orders will be mailed via USPS.
- Publication-quality scans of manuscript materials are also available. Please refer to Image Fees, complete a Digital Image Request Form, and submit BOTH pages of the form via mail, fax, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the Archive Center.
Proper Citations and Credit Line
Unless otherwise indicated, for all publications, both print and electronic, the credit line for photographs and objects must read:
- National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (catalog number).
If the image is of an object, cite the photographer, e.g.:
- National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (catalog number). Photo by Katherine Fogden.
If the photographer is unknown:
- National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (catalog number). Photo by NMAI Photo Services.
The credit line for manuscripts must read:
- Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box, and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.