Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 11:32:20 +0000 From: "John A. Butler" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Reproduction Charges To: Multiple recipients of list MARHST-L <MARHST-L@qucdn.queensu.ca> Getting a sense that several MARHST-L subscribers encounter needs for photo reproduction, I thought the following commentary on recent efforts in the U.S. might be helpful. Costs noted based upon available prints, not requiring production of an internegative. Except where noted, requests were by phone. Physical presence is much to be preferred, allowing wider browsing, assessment of print quality, sometimes do-it-yourself repro. Mariners Museum, Newport News - very cooperative people, willing to fax selected photos for approval, 8x10 camera ready prints $20 with permission to reprint, customary print rights; electronic rights must be negotiated; cash up front, but accounts can be established. Steamship Historical Association of America, Baltimore - cooperative librarian, works only part time and is apt to be backlogged; $10 per similar print for members of SSHSA, something like $50 for non-members, thus for two or more prints membership is worthwhile. Photocopies mailed for approval, no fax that I know of. Very large collections--just about any commercial steamship that's been photographed, some in public domain (typically WW II, government owned) may be found elsewhere, but not with the ease of a visit to the SSHSA library. A visit is entertaining, since the library is adjaent to the photos--a researcher's delight. National Archives II, College Park, MD, which now holds the Naval Historical Center collection - I've only visited directly, but I suspect they will do some selection over the phone, provided one has the patience to deal with government clerks. On site commercial services do reproduction with corresponding commercial fees. Visit is worthwhile, and with experience can be efficient. Do-it-yourself on a splendid Polaroid photocopier, $8.50 per print, camera-ready, 98% quality. Library of Congress - wouldn't bet on good phone service or willingness to fax; mixed reviews on personal assistance. Some collections can be scanned on a personal computer and "thumbprint" memo pictures printed on thermal paper, free. $18 per camera ready, with a runaround process (two separate buildings) to order selected items and up to six weeks for delivery. Peabody-Essex, Salem, MA - superb phone service, potential selections faxed, $21 per camera ready, invoiced. Repro rights similar to Mariners' with possibility of additional negotiation depending on intended use. Peabody was my best source for cooperation; if I were more familiar with their collection, I'd plan a book around it. National Maritime, San Francisco - they must be severely understaffed and overworked. I got no cooperation by phone, and elected not to pursue matters any further. Commercial Shipping Companies (i.e., Exxon, Mobil) - if you can find the archivist, very cooperative; many photos may also be in government files (NARA), no charge but potential wait for negatives, your cost to turn into prints.
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 1997 19:50:05 -0500 From: Neal Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: National Gallery of Art website goes live To: MUSEUM-L@home.ease.lsoft.com Just a quick note to all Museum-Lers... The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has launched its website. Come take a look at http://www.nga.gov We've worked long and hard to devise a site that provides more than just the Gallery's hours of operation and a map showing where we're located. A complex search function provides detailed information about the Gallery's collection of more than 100,000 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. You'll also find more than 10,000 24-bit color images of some of the best works our collection has to offer. Please stop by and visit and, above all, tell us what you think. As I am responsible for the images, any questions about them can be directed to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for your time! --Neal Johnson --Digital Imaging Specialist
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 03:03:43 -0500 From: Mary Beth Straight Kiss <USNIWest@AOL.COM> Subject: Re: Reproduction Charges To: Multiple recipients of list MARHST-L <MARHST-L@qucdn.queensu.ca> Mr. Butler has compiled a very impressive listing of photo reproduction sources. However, he left out one very big one. The U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, MD has a photo collection of over 450,000 images (growing by over 1,000 images each month). The U.S. Naval Institute is a non-profit organization that is over 100 years old serving to "advance the professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in the naval and maritime services through books and magazines, and other educational sources." The photo collection is one of those sources. The collecton covers the late 1800s to the present day. Subject matter includes U.S. and Foreign ships, aircraft, and personnel; combat scenes from all wars the U.S. participated in; individuals (mostly the famous and officers, but we also have Cher so it doesn't hurt to ask); weapons, equipment, and materials. As for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard we have almost every single ship that was built and served (the smaller LSTs, LCUs, etc are not complete). We may have over 10 or more views of a particular ship in file, in the case, of the Iowa-class battleships we have over 1 1/2 file cabinet drawers full. In addition, we have pictures of almost every single plane or helo that was flown by the USN, USCG, or USMC. These images are mostly in the public domain and you may purchase 8 x 10 duplicate prints. The cost for and 8 x 10 photo is $12.00 B&W if you are not a member of USNI or $ 9.60 B&W if you are a member of USNI If the print requires that an internegative be made a $7.00 fee is required (for the first copy only). $18.00 Color if you are not a USNI member or $14.40 Color if you are a USNI member If the print requires that an internnegative be made a $9.00 fee is required (for the first copy only). Turnaround time is 4 x 6 weeks. You can request a rush of 10 working days, but the additional cost is 100%. There is a shipping and handling cost of $3.50 per order (not photo). You may pay by check, cash, or credit card (MC or VISA). I was the photo archivist and librarian at USNI for 9 years before being transferred out to the West Coast with my husband. I would be happy to answer specific questions you have about the service or you may contact the new photo archivist at DStitzel@usni.org or photo service person DSappington@usni.org. We have always had good feedback about our staff response time on research, usually completed in two to three weeks. If you do e-mail their staff please attach my name to any correspondence. If you are in the area, you may visit the archives Mon.-Fri from 8-4:30 pm. If you request that the staff perform the research, they can provide you with xerox copies of the views available for a small nominal fee. $2.50 for the research and .25 cents a page for the xeroxing (for non-USNI members) or if you are a member of USNI already you can have the research done for .20 cents a page and no research fee. If anyone would like a photo brochure, book catalogue, or membership information sent to them you can forward your mailing address to me and I will get the information into the mail that day! I miss working with the photographs at USNI and loved working with the researchers, authors, and inquirers. I learned much about military history through these images and the people who requested them. They truly tell a story that is worth telling.... If you have further questions or wants please do not hesitate to contact me personally at USNIWest@aol.com