Reproductions of Prints & Photographs
Both the Library of
Congress and outside vendors
sell quality reproductions
of images from the Prints & Photographs
- More than one million of the
Division's more than thirteen
are available online. To search
for online images, see:
For images not displaying online,
check the online catalog (it includes
material, in addition
digitized items) or submit a
the Reference Staff
Credits and Permissions
- When material reproduced
from the Library's collections
is used in a publication, the
Library requests that the reproduction
number be published with credit
as: "Library of Congress,
- The Library does not grant
or deny permission concerning
the use of images. While many
images are unrestricted, it
is not true that all images in
Prints & Photographs Division
are in the public domain. Patrons
need to be aware of the several
kinds of rights which might
apply: copyright, donor restrictions,
privacy rights, publicity rights,
licensing and trademarks.
Delays affecting original nitrate negatives
Nitrate Film Negatives
Change: It is possible to purchase reproductions from nitrate negatives, which are stored in an off-site storage facility. Orders take 12-14 weeks to be completed.
Does this affect what I want to order?: The negatives in the off-site storage facility that people most often order from are in the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information/Office of Emergency Management (FSA/OWI/OEM) Collection and in the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection.
Clues that an FSA/OWI/OEM image may be affected are:
- The MEDIUM field says "1 negative : nitrate" OR
- The information in the REPRODUCTION NUMBER field begins with: LC-USF33-
Clue that a LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection image is affected is:
- The negative number begins with: LC-L92, L922, L924, or L927
In a few instances, duplicate negatives or existing scans are available. Please check with Prints & Photographs Division reference staff.
Continuing and New Services
- It is possible to purchase new scans and other types of copies made from safety film negatives and transparencies.
- Duplication Services and Prints & Photographs Division are launching a new service so that many original materials in P&P collections (e.g., small photographs, prints and posters) can be digitized. In general, the images must be smaller than 24 inches on the longest side. All copying is subject to the condition of the original. For further information, please check with Duplication Services staff.