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Get Photocopies

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Our Photocopy Service is available for American Ancestors members and guest members.  We accommodate most requests within 4-8 weeks and can provide scanned pages from most resources in the American Ancestors Research Center collections. All manuscript and rare book requests require advanced authorization from our Special Collections Department. 

Photocopied record

If you do not know the title, author, or library call number of the item you are requesting, please search our online library catalog. If the source is available online, we will assist you with a direct web link and will not provide scanned images of the source.  We recommend viewing our library catalog first, to see if a source is available online and is linked.

Library catalog example with call number and digital copy highlighted


Each calendar year, American Ancestors members receive 25 complimentary scanned photocopies from books, periodicals, and microfilms from our NEHGS Collections. (This excludes oversize copies, manuscripts, and rare books.) 

For guest members and those who have exceeded their 25 complimentary photocopies – our pricing is as follows: 

  • PDFs and JPEG files = $0.40 per page
  • TIFF files: $12 per page
  • Paper copies: $0.60 per page
  • Oversized copies (documents larger than 11x17): $5 per page, plus $10 service fee

You may request a maximum of 250 scanned images per calendar year.

If research time is required to locate information within the source, you will be contacted via email on costs.

Requests are generally completed within 4-8 weeks from receipt, depending on the nature of the item being scanned and the overall volume of requests received.