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All audio, video, and printed and digital images obtained from the State Historical Society of North Dakota are for single use and not for distribution, unless otherwise specified. Public use of these items requires proper citation and specific fees in addition to reproduction fees. The identification number for each item must be included in the credit line (example: State Historical Society of North Dakota A5373-2). The one-time use form must also be filled out and returned to staff.

All orders can be rushed (five-item limit) for double all costs.

All nonprofit organizations who wish to be considered for reduced fees must provide a tax exempt code.

Photographic Reproduction Fees
  • Black and White Reprints: Single Use and Not for Distribution
  • Black and white reference print of scan on computer paper - $1.00
  • Black and white reprint on computer photo paper (5X7) - $15.00
  • Black and white reprint on computer photo paper (8X10) - $20.00
  • Black and white reprint on computer photo paper (11X14) - $30.00
Electronic Images
  • Low resolution scan (72 ppi jpg) - $8.00
  • High resolution scan (600 ppi tiff) - $20.00
  • North and South Dakota state government entities: low resolution scans, $4.00; high resolution scans, $8.00
  • All federal government entities: low resolution scans, $4.00; high resolution scans, $8.00
  • In-state nonprofit agencies: low resolution scans, $4.00; high resolution scans, $8.00
  • In-state news agencies: all fees are waived if photo information is cited properly within the broadcast.
  • Out of state nonprofit agencies: low resolution scans, $4, high resolution scans, $10
Photograph - Still Image Use Fees
  • Broadcast / video, in state $15.00 – out of state $50.00
  • Advertisement, in state $15.00 – out of state $30.00
  • Commercial display, in state $15.00 – out of state $30.00
  • Exhibit use, in state $15.00 – out of state $30.00
  • Books and periodicals including those in electronic format, such as web sites, in state $15.00 – out of state $50.00
  • All use fees are waived for in-state news agencies and nonprofit organizations.
  • All use fees are for out-of-state nonprofit organizations are reduced by half.
  • Low resolution photos are allowed on websites only on a staff-approved basis and may be subject to additional use fees.
  • Reproducing images on clothing items is prohibited.
Photocopy Fees
  • letter-size (8½ x 11) and legal-size (8½ x 14) office copier copies: $.10 cents each
  • 11 x 17 inch: $.20 cents each
  • Paper reproductions from a microfilm reader printer: $.25 cents per page.
Research Fees
  • Specific item searches from indexed materials (such as individual census record, marriage record, obituaries, and naturalization record searches): $5.00 per search. Up to five pages included in cost; additional pages will be charged at normal copying costs plus postage.
  • If a single search comprises more than 25 pages of copies, staff time will be charged hourly at a rate of $25.00 per hour, with a one hour minimum.
  • Searches or requests for information beyond specific item searches will be charged at $25.00 per hour at the discretion of the staff, depending upon available staff time, or will receive a recommendation for referral to a non-staff researcher.
Moving Image and Audio Reproduction Fees
  • Digitized audio file (from cassette, CD, reel-to-reel, record, or digital) - $5.00 for mp3 format
  • Digitized video file - $5 for mp4 format
  • Files that are not yet digitized may be subject to additional fees up to $25 per hour, with a one-hour minimum.
Moving Image and Audio Use Fees
  • In-state news, public television, and nonprofit documentaries: no use fee if cited properly.
  • Out-of-state news, public television, and nonprofit documentaries: $10.00 per second plus production costs.
  • All commercial productions: $20.00 per second plus productions costs, each occurrence.
  • Broadcast - Media Bundle (includes website 3-year license) $150.00 per 30 second clip.
  • Publications - Electronic Bundle (includes website 3-year license) $150.00 per 30 second clip.
  • Use of images in television commercials, corporate presentations, live events, concerts, etc. is prohibited.
Microfilm Services & Costs
  • Vesicular duplicates of microfilm, $75.00 per roll
  • Foreign orders, including Canada, will be quoted individually..
Interlibrary Loan Fees
  • In state - $2.00 per roll
  • Out of state - $4.00 per roll, 5 rolls per patron, per loan.
  • Canada - $8.00 per roll, 2 rolls per patron, per loan.
  • Microfilm will not be loaned outside the U.S. except to Canada. Microfilm copies can be produced for sale to other international researchers.
Postage and Handling (in country)
  • Postage and Handling (in country)
  • Photo reproductions (up to two) $2.00
  • More than two images $2 + $.50/extra photo
  • Per tape/CD/DVD $1.50
  • Per video tape $5.00
  • 1-4 rolls microfilm $6.00
  • More than 4 rolls $6 + $.50/extra roll

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