Oriental Institute Museum Archives

Photographic Services and Permissions

If you would to obtain copies of Oriental Institute photographs, there is a fee for the image itself (possibly including a charge for new photography) and an additional fee for the right to use the image for commercial purposes. If your request requires Archives staff research time of more than one hour, a research fee of $25/hour will also be charged. Finally, there is a postage and handling charge if the image is delivered by CD. Prepayment is required for most orders. To place your order, please use our online form.

Photographic Materials Fees

Digital images, 300 dpi TIFF on CD or via file transfer $60/image
New photography, in addition to print/digital image fee (1 hour minimum) $50/hour
Plain paper printouts of archival materials (photos, notebooks, etc.) EXCLUSIVELY for scholarly use $1/page

Most requests can be filled within 4-6 weeks. Rush service may be available for some orders; please contact us for more information and a price quote. Contact the Museum Office for availability of 8"x 10", black-and-white prints. Due to the age and varying condition of original photographic materials in the Oriental Institute Archives, black and white prints and digital images are supplied "as is" and are not returnable.

Usage rights, scholarly publications under 5000 copies

No charge. We ask that you provide us with a complimentary copy of the publication for inclusion in the Oriental Institute Research Archives.

Usage rights, commercial publications over 5000 copies, all electronic and film uses

Print and television/film rights, single language $100/print
Electronic, single language $100/print
Print and television/film rights, all languages $400/print
Electronic, all languages $400/image

Fees are assessed on the basis of the size of the print run. All are in addition to the photographic materials fees above.

*The electronic rights fee includes the right to use an image in a CD-ROM and in an e-book.

Postage and handling (minimum)

US/Canada $5
Overseas $15

We accept FedEx and DHL account numbers (postage will not be charged separately).

We accept the following forms of payment

  • Visa or Mastercard. Please use our secure fax line: (773) 834-0233 when sending credit card information. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CREDIT CARD INFORMATION BY REGULAR EMAIL.
  • check drawn on a US bank in US funds
  • International Postal Money Order in US funds


John Larson, Museum Archivist
The Oriental Institute Museum
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Voice: (773) 702-9924
Fax: (773) 702-9853