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Sitting Bull, 25 Years Old, Capturing Crow Woman with Lance. 1882. MS 1929-B(10)

Rights and Reproductions Guidelines

The National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives charge a use fee for images the archives supply for publication, distribution or exhibition in any format, including print and electronic media. Use fees support the collection, preservation and use of still and moving images. At the archives' discretion, fees may be waived, reduced, or publications accepted in lieu of of fees for non-profit or scholarly publications. All requests for fee waivers and reductions must be placed in writing.

In return for the use-fee payment, the archives grants permission for one-time, one-language, non-exclusive, worldwide use of an image. Re-use or resale of any image in another publication, edition, format or language is prohibited. Fees do not include the cost of image reproductions either as prints or as digital media.

With respect to electronic media, "one-time use" means that once an electronic product has been published, distributed or exhibited, you may not subsequently reformat, redesign, or otherwise alter the disks or screens on which the image appears, nor re-use the image in other products, nor allow others to use it. Digital reproductions must have a final resolution no greater that 72 dpi. Broadcast rights are not granted in perpetuity.


Print run less than 1,000

$50 (cover or jacket: $100)
Print run greater than 1,000

$100 (cover or jacket: $250)
Online display $50
Exhibit display or kiosk $50 (if admission is charged: $100)

Feature film, television, video
and CD
Please contact us for rates.


The fee is computed on a per-second basis, with a 10-second minimum charge, and ranges from $20-45 per second depending on intended media outlets. Footage is available on a non-exclusive basis for use in a single, specified production or project.

Please contact us about advertising and promotional pricing.

You are responsible for securing any required third-party permissions, including, without limitation, permissions pertaining to copyright or other intellectual property rights, moral rights or publicity or privacy rights of any person or entity, for your proposed use of stills and/or moving images owned or controlled by the NAA, and for providing copies of such permissions to the NAA upon request.

Please submit your request on our Digital Image Order and Permission Request Form. Those requesting permission to use moving images may also be asked to sign a Use Agreement. After you receive our use-fee notification, send your payment and a copy of your Permission Request Form to:

National Anthropological Archives & Human Studies Film Archives
Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746

We accept payment by credit card, money order, or personal check drawn on an American bank payable to "Smithsonian Institution." International money orders must be payable in U.S. dollars. Fees are non-refundable. When paid, the countersigned Permission Request form (noting fees paid plus credit-line information) or Use Agreement will constitute official authorization.



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