Photo Orders

High-quality prints and digital files from the Oregon Historical Society Research Library’s historical photographs collection are available for purchase. Our collections include historic images from some of the Pacific Northwest’s most famous photographers including Carleton E. Watkins, Fred H. and Oscar Kiser, Benjamin Gifford, and many more.

All OHS historic images are printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster Paper using high quality pigment inks. This combination provides superior resistance to water, fading and smudging while delivering highly saturated prints. The wide color gamut allows for truer, more realistic pictures and is the choice of many professional photographers.

Digital prints are available in 5"x7", 8"x10", 11"x14", 16"x20", 20"x30", 24"x30", 30"x40", and 40"x60". Digital image files are available in 72 ppi, 300 ppi, 600 ppi, and 1200 ppi.

How to Order OHS Photos

To order an image from the online library catalog, click on the title of the photo. Then copy the url of the full description (at the top of the page) and paste it into an email to For images on the OHS Digital Collections website, copy the url for the individual item. You can paste in as many url's for as many photos as you want. We will get back to you with prices, order forms, and options for reproductions.

For images used on our website, hover over the image with your mouse, and include the description that is displayed in your email. Especially helpful are any negative or image numbers (such as "OrHi 1234," or "bb5678"), as well as any other information regarding the collection name, box number, etc. For images displayed on the Oregon History Project or Oregon Encyclopedia, you can copy and paste any information in the image's caption or description. You can also right-click the image, select "Copy image address" and then paste this into your email.

Our reference staff will be happy to help in your photo search. You can contact a reference librarian at, or call 503-306-5240.

Note: The images in the Oregon Historical Society online catalog are for reference purposes only and cannot be reproduced in any form without the permission of the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society will not be held responsible for any violation of copyright that might occur through the use of these images.

Rights & Permissions

Copyright Information

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

  • Permission is granted for one-time use only as described on the Permission Form.
  • Permission is non-exclusive and not transferable.
  • Use fees are assessed according to type of use.
  • All reproductions must be credited to the Oregon Historical Society Research Library with proper citation to the image number, collection name and number, or original publication.
  • Accompanying captions must indicate all changes made to the original copy, such as significant cropping, tinting, superimposing, digital alteration.
  • Maximum resolution for Web site usage is 72 ppi.
  • Web site usage requires a credit line (see above) on the same page as the image.
  • User assumes all responsibility for possible copyright infringement and invasion of privacy arising from the use of reproductions.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

For further information, consult the U.S. Copyright Office at