Guidelines for Access to the MFAH Archives

Conducting Research

The MFAH Archives are open by appointment for scholarly research. Researchers must register and present a photo and/or student identification card. Personal belongings are subject to search. Access to archival material may be restricted by law, deed of gift, physical condition of the material, or the discretion of the archivist. Researchers assume full responsibility for complying with laws regulating copyright, privacy, and defamation in the use of archival holdings. Personal laptops may be used in the Reading Room. Photography is not permitted.


Publication Policies

Researchers must disclose to the archivist the intent to quote or cite archival material in a publication, and a complimentary copy of the publication must be provided to the MFAH Archives. In many instances, copyrights to photographs, sound recordings, and other materials in the archival holdings are retained by third parties. It is the responsibility of researchers to obtain permission from all copyright holders before publication.


Reproduction Policies

With the permission of the archivist, reproductions of most materials may be ordered, for a fee. No self-service photocopying is allowed. Permission to order reproductions may be denied based upon the fragility of the materials, size, or other considerations. Architectural drawings may not be traced or otherwise reproduced.


Reproduction Fees

Photocopies of Documents
Scans made during appointment
• $1 per page
Scans requested remotely
• $12 minimum charge up to 12 pages, $1 per additional page

Reference Images
Reference-quality scans (@180 ppi)
• $12 minimum charge up to 2 images, $6 per additional image scan

Publication Images
Publication-quality scans
• $35
Publication/broadcast use
• additional $30
Per language use
• $30 per language

Audio/Visual Materials
• $12
Moving image

MFAH Records Management Guide
• $28
Database file
• $28

Rush Orders
• $50

Mail Orders
Handling charge
• $6


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