The McLean County Museum of History contains thousands of photographs and other images dating from the 1850s to the present. The types of photographs range from daguerreotypes of the mid-nineteenth century to digital images of today. There are photographs and images (such as posters and the like) relating to the history of McLean County covering topics including, but not limited to, agriculture; architecture; athletics; business; education; entertainment; the military and religion. Images in the collection come in various formats, including original prints, negatives and slides.
We are happy to make these images available for commercial use, including books; periodicals and other printed works; as well as film productions; websites and other digital media.
The processing, cataloging and continued preservation of the Museum’s photographic collection involves a significant expenditure of Museum staff time and resources, ranging from the purchase of proper storage materials to the maintenance of climate-controlled archives. As a non-profit institution, more than 70% of our operating budget comes from the contributions of Museum members and supporters. We hope you understand and appreciate the importance of caring for such a collection.
The Library/Archives welcomes questions regarding its image collections. You may direct queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or the phone number listed above. The collections can also be perused by visiting the Library/Archives on the second floor of the Museum (appointments are preferred but not required).
Commercial Use- Museum Image
Permission to use Museum images in a commercial endeavor, such as books, periodicals or other printed works, as well as film productions, websites or other digital media.
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