Rights and Reproductions

Digital reproductions of photographs, archival materials, fine art, rare books, and artifacts from CHF’s collections are available through our Collections staff.

Digital Reproduction Services

As part of our mission to make our collections available for research and outreach, the Chemical Heritage Foundation provides digital reproductions of materials for scholarly and general use. Requests are fulfilled to the extent allowed by the format, physical condition, and any applicable restrictions. All requests are subject to review by Curatorial staff and CHF reserves the right to revise or refuse a reproduction request. 

Digital reproductions are available in JPEG, TIFF, and PDF format depending on the format of the physical item and the intended use (i.e. scholarly research, publication, exhibition, etc.). Reproduction fees are assessed based on the staff time and resources required to complete the request. Discounts or fee waivers are available for scholarly and non-profit use. Additional charges may apply to complex and large orders requiring special handling.

Turn-around time for reproduction requests is typically two to three weeks, although some orders can be fulfilled in a shorter period based on staff time and availability. If working under a deadline, patrons must notify CHF staff when placing a request. Additional charges may be assessed for rush orders.

To initiate a request, send an e-mail to reproductions@chemheritage.org. Be sure to include as much information as possible about the requested item(s), including object ID number, collection name, title, and call number, where applicable. Additionally, please include a brief description of your intended use and advise staff if you are working under a deadline to complete the request.

For information on photocopies, interlibrary-loan, or scheduling a visit, please see Library Services.

Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright: Possession of a digital reproduction of CHF’s collection materials does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or distribute. In most instances, CHF does not hold the copyright to its materials and cannot grant or deny permission to use them. CHF staff will make every effort to inform patrons of copyrights and other restrictions that may apply to the works being reproduced. However, patrons are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of any materials they wish to use, investigating the owner of the copyright, and obtaining permission for the intended use.

Fair Use: The U.S. Copyright Law contains an exception for fair use of copyrighted materials for the purposes of teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news reporting. Patrons are solely responsible for determining whether their intended use of a copyrighted work is fair and responding to any claims of copyright infringement that may arise from use of the material. For more information on copyright and fair use, please refer to the U.S. Copyright Office website.

Arnold O. Beckman

CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry was started with a generous grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 1987.


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