Photocopy Service

The staff will make photocopies for patrons unable to visit the library, subject to the condition of the materials.


Photocopy requests should include an exact citation for the material to be photocopied; contact [email protected] for information.

You may send requests with payment to:

Photocopy Service/Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 West Monument Street

Baltimore, MD 21201


Fees are payable in advance. We accept checks, made payable to the Maryland Historical Society, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), or money orders. The service charges listed below include shipping charges for requests of up to 100 copies shipped to a US address; additional shipping charges may apply for orders exceeding 100 copies or for shipment to non-US addresses.

For copies from non-rare books, journals, and other items from the main reading room:

$10 service charge, plus 25 cents per page

For copies from microfilm or microfiche:

$10 service charge, plus 50 cents per page. For copies of microfilm requiring research by the Library staff, there will be an additional research fee. Please visit Research Services for pricing and more information.

For copies from manuscripts or other suitable material from the special collections:

1-20 copies, $20 service charge and no additional charges.

21-50 copies, $20 service charge, plus 50 cents per page for any copies after the first 20.

More than 50 copies, $35 (the fee for the first 50 copies), plus $1.00 per page for any copies after the first 50.  Additional shipping charges may apply.

Please be aware that not all materials in special collections can be photocopied. Typically, only stable unbound documents not larger than 11" x 17" can be copied. If you are unsure if the materials you want can be copied, please e-mail us at [email protected]. If the material you request cannot be copied, we will inform you and refund your money.

* for Special Collections microfilm a $10 surcharge will be added in addition to the service charge.

Please be aware that we cannot photocopy entire collections.


Notice Regarding Copyright:

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 to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.