To review CHS' policy regarding reproductions, permissions, and fees, please read through the California Historical Society Special Collections and Archives Image Use and Reproduction Policy.


The California Historical Society (CHS) provides reproductions of our materials for a fee. To place a reproduction order for stills and A/V, please complete and submit to the following order forms:

Reproduction Request Form

Film Footage Request Form

Please provide sufficient information to identify the item in CHS’s collections, including a description of the image with a collection name or number and digital ID, as well as a reference image if possible.

Advance payment on all orders is required. Please allow two to four weeks once payment is received for regular orders; larger or complex orders may take longer.


The California Historical Society(CHS) Special Collections and Archives encourages researchers to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain, and to make fair use of copyright materials as defined by copyright law. Many of CHS’ special collection materials are still within copyright. While the library owns the physical objects in its collections, in the majority of cases CHS does not own the intellectual content. CHS cannot grant or deny permission to publish or distribute material whose copyright it does not hold, or materials deemed to be in the public domain. The patron is responsible for obtaining all required permissions from copyright holders, and other rights holders, before publishing, distributing, or in any other way using a protected item beyond that allowed by fair use.

CHS only requires permissions where CHS is the clear copyright holder of the material. CHS does not require permissions for materials that are in the public domain.

Submit the Permissions Request Form to

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