The California Historical Society (CHS) provides scans of our images for a fee. We encourage you to visit our library to view the collection and select specific images for reproduction. Many of our images are also available for viewing in several catalogs and databases on the Search the Collections page.

To place a scan order, please submit the Reproduction Order Form in writing by fax, email, or mail. Advance payment on all orders is required. Please allow two weeks once payment is received for regular orders; larger or complex orders may take longer.

Fax: 415.357.1850
Mail: Reproductions, California Historical Society,
678 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105


The California Historical Society does not charge fees for publication or exhibition (including use in documentary films or on websites) of CHS images by individual authors or creators, non-profit publishers (including university presses), public non-profit organizations, and other cultural and governmental agencies. CHS does charge fees for for-profit, commercial use of most of the images from our collections.

Unless CHS owns or controls rights for specific images or collections of images, we require only that each image is cited accurately and credited, "Courtesy, California Historical Society." Proper title information and credit lines will be provided with each scan order.

Commercial use in any format, including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition, advertising, video, television, film, CD-Rom, website, or other media (please specify) requires the 2-page Permissions Request Form be completed, signed, and submitted to or mailed. Payment of a use fee at the rate of $50.00 per image is required before permission is granted.

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