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Archival research services & fees

The CSHL Archives provides access to our materials to scholars, students, educators, and the public for research purposes.

The CSHL Archives offers a number of services to assist researchers utilizing our collections. These services include:

  • Providing on-site access to our collections (by appointment only).
  • Providing access to our materials online via our Digital Collections Database and Digital Archives Repository.
  • Scanning material that is currently unavailable online.*
  • Answering general reference questions regarding our collections.
  • Conducting in-depth topical research using material from our collections.*
  • Working with scholars to promote their work by organizing presentations to the scientific community here at CSHL.
  • Facilitating loans of archival items for exhibitions.*
  • Additionally, we manage the rights to the images in our collections and can work with publishers to secure permission for reproductions.*

* For associated fees please see our Archival Research Fees.

Please complete the Archive Request Form to request services. For any other questions please contact us at

Archival Research Fees

Service Fees
Special reference/research requests $50.00/hr
In-house film shoot $100.00/per request

Digitization Service Fees

Service Fees
Scanning, cost per digital image created $10.00
Duplicate scan (creation of specific file type such as, TIFF, JPEG, etc.) $5.00
Duplication of existing CD/DVD $5.00
Conversion of VHS tape to DVD $50.00
Conversion of CD/DVD to Digital File (mp3, mov, etc.) $50.00
Outsourced digitization and duplication orders (in addition to vendor charges) $30.00
Use of personal camera in the reading room Free

Loans for Exhibits

Institutions interested in borrowing materials from CSHL Archives for exhibitions should contact us at least six months in advance. Depending on the extent and/or complexity of the loan request, CSHL Archives may charge up to $350 per loaned item to cover the time spent on processing the loan and preparing the item for exhibition. Please contact us at for additional information.

Usage Fees

See our Permission Fee page