Rights & Reproductions
The Collection will accommodate requests for digital images and photographs images as availability and limited staff time permit. The Collection retains copyright over any images that it distributes. Unless otherwise noted in the request, the Collection assumes that an order for a photographic or digital image of any item in its holdings is for personal use only.
If the image is to be publicly distributed in any form or medium (printed publication, photocopy, digital, video clip, website, etc.), written permission must be obtained and the image must be formally credited as noted in the permission. Beyond initial charge for the image, there is usually no fee for personal or scholarly use of the image, but the Collection reserves the right to charge fees for future use. A copy of any publication that includes Collection images must be provided to the Rights and Reproductions office of the Collection.
In cases of commercial publication, reproduction fees will be charged in addition to the charge for the image. The applicable policies and schedule of fees are included in the Photographic Images and Permissions Request Form(downloadable as a .pdf file). The requestor should print out this form, fill in all applicable information and fax or mail the form to:
Rights and Reproductions
Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments
P.O. Box 208278
New Haven, CT 06520
All orders must be placed via mail or fax.
Telephone and e-mail requests will not be accepted.
Upon receipt of the properly completed request form, the Collection will issue a contract and invoice and return it to the requestor. Pre-payment for the order is required. A check or money order in $US will confirm the order. Requests are generally filled in order of receipt. Normal turnaround time is six weeks for an image already on file, three months if new photography is required. Every effort will be made to honor deadlines, but delays do occur. Rush service is sometimes possible, upon request, for a 100% surcharge.
Regrettably some objects are currently unavailable for photography owing to storage situation or conservation requirements. All sales are final. Fees and charges are subject to change without notice.