Minnesota Historical Society

Copy Request (folders from boxes)

$ 5.00

The Copy Request (folders from boxes) service is to request PDF scans of folders from archival boxes in the MNHS collection for personal or research use, and is compliant with the restrictions of US Copyright Law.

If you need more than 5 folders in a single box scanned, please email copyservices@mnhs.org with the information on the materials you want. We will then send a price quote, and provide a secure payment link.

Price: $5 per standard folder (up to 5 total) from the same box.
See below for more information on prices for non-standard folders/materials.
MNHS Members receive 10% discount at checkout.
Use the discount code to get $5 off one order of copies of folders for boxes):
    • FEB24COPY (2/1 - 2/29) 
    • MAR24COPY (3/1 - 3/31)
    • APR24COPY (4/1 - 4/30)

Turnaround: Orders are usually completed and sent within 60 business days of order and payment being processed.

About this service:

The following materials can be copied using this service

  • Folders from manuscript collections
  • Folders from county and state archives

Non-standard folders/materials include items like onion skin paper, oversized items, unusually large folders, fragile items that require special handling and/or equipment.  If your order includes non-standard items, staff will contact you with next steps and a price quote.  

Please note that library staff cannot perform research through this service. This includes locating individual documents within a box or folder. 

The following materials cannot be copied through this service

  • Records available through other library Research Services
  • Oversize items such as maps or blueprints
  • Ledger books or volumes
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Microfilm
  • Folders containing "Restricted" records
  • Individual photographs from Collections Online

This service provides low-resolution PDF scans of the original item. It is designed to be a similar quality to black-and-white or color photocopies. To order high-resolution scans, please use our Image Order service.

For more information--including instructions on how to determine location numbers-- please see the Copy Request Service page.

Copyright Information
Notice Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions 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 specified 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 to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law or would damage collection items.


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