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Research Policy

 

Research, Copying & Image Reproduction Policy

Dubuque County Historical Society
Effective September 2011; Revised June 2018

Researchers are welcome and encouraged to utilize the archival and library resources of the Captain William D. Bowell, Sr. River Library.

The Society reserves the right to deny a request depending on condition of materials, staff availability, and in accordance with copyright restrictions. Researchers requesting copies of photographs from the Society’s collections must complete a permission form. Images intended for any use other than research or personal use may be subject to usage or publication fees listed below. The Society reserves the right to limit the copying or use of the collections for matters of sensitivity, overuse, or other reasons.

Research Requests

The Society provides complimentary research and reference services for a maximum of 15 minutes of research time. Additional research time will be charged at a rate of $15 per 30 minute increment, for a maximum of two hours. The minimum research fee of $15 must be paid in advance; additional fees will be billed.

Duplication Fees

Normal turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. If faster service is required, a rush fee will be charged.

Photocopies      

$.10 per page for self-made copies on site; $.25 per page for copies made by staff. If more than 50 copies are requested, researchers will also pay a service charge of $15 per 30 minutes of time spent on preparing photocopies.

Digital images (low res jpg)                                        

$2 per image for members; $4 per image for non-members.

Digital images (high res/tiff)

$8 per image for members; $10 per image for non-members

Usage and Publication Fees

There is generally no charge for local media outlets to use images for purposes that promote any of the Dubuque County Historical Society properties with the exception of projects for profit.

 

Non-Profit*

Commercial

Printed publications (books, magazines, journals)

 

$30

$100

Exhibition or public display

$30

$100

Web site (3 year term)

$50

$125

CD-ROM

$30

$100

Film/TV/Multimedia – local commercial broadcast

$50

$125

Film/TV/Multimedia – national commercial broadcast

$75

$150

Film/TV/Multimedia –international commercial broadcast

$100

$200

Film/TV/Multimedia – public television broadcast

$50

$100

Film/TV/Multimedia – theatrical film

$100

$200

*To receive the non-profit rate, written proof of non-profit status must be provided.  In some cases, such as use for profit making purposes, the Society may adjust these fees or not allow the non-profit rate. 

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