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Get answers to common questions about our collections and services

Image Use and Digitization 

I saw a great image on Ohio Memory! How can I request a copy?
Please contact our Rights and Reproductions staff at 614.297.2530 or images@ohiohistory.org. You may also use our OhioPix website to discover and request historic images. If the image you want to use was submitted by a partner institution, we will help you get in touch with the right person to obtain permission.

I need help finding an image. Who can I contact?

Research Services staff can help you with a search of our collections. Once an image is identified, Digital Services staff will work with you to digitize the material and provide it for use. 

How do I get permission to use an image from the Ohio History Connection in my publication, exhibit, or presentation?
The Rights and Reproductions staff of the Ohio History Connection can help you obtain digital or print copies of nearly any item in our collections, whether for personal, non-profit or commercial use. Contact images@ohiohistory.org or visit the Rights and Reproductions page to learn more.

What constitutes a commercial or non-profit "use" of an image?
"Use" refers to the reproduction of an image/audio/video in a single medium, including print publication, electronic publication, projection, exhibition, video/film/television distribution, and print/film/television/radio advertising. For example, use of a single image in both a printed journal article as well as the electronic version of the journal would constitute two uses.

How should I expect to receive my digital file?
Because the high-resolution digital files we provide are too large to send as attachments for many email systems, our standard delivery method is by download link embedded in email. This method involves no additional shipping or media costs, and the link will remain active for three days to ensure you are able to successfully download the file. If you prefer to receive your file via a different method, please contact the Rights and Reproductions staff at 614.297.2530 or images@ohiohistory.org.

What is OhioPix?
Managed by the Ohio History Connection, OhioPix is your one-stop shop for rights-managed historic images of Ohio. Over 60 institutions have contributed to the database to make it more convenient than ever to find and use vintage images for your projects. Visit OhioPix to start exploring! For more information on obtaining images or prints, please contact 614.297.2530 or images@ohiohistory.org.

What is the difference between OhioPix and Ohio Memory?
OhioPix is a subset of the larger collection of digital images available on Ohio Memory. The images on OhioPix are rights-managed and can be purchased directly through the site. If you find an image on Ohio Memory but not on OhioPix, please contact images@ohiohistory.org for more information.

What digitization services are offered by Ohio Memory and the Digital Services staff at the Ohio History Connection?
Digital Services offers custom digitization of Ohio History Connection-owned materials for personal, non-profit and commercial use, including photographs, slides, manuscripts, maps and much more!

We also offer digitization services to individuals with an institutional affiliation for specialized scanning needs. Our large format scanner can digitize materials up to 60” by 48”, with the ability to handle even larger materials via additional photo editing services. Our book scanner allows for digitization of fragile bound materials without the wear and tear of a flatbed scan.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer scanning services for personal items held by the general public at this time. Please feel free to contact images@ohiohistory.org with any questions!

What types of media conversion services are offered by Ohio Memory and the Digital Services staff at the Ohio History Connection?

Media conversion services include:

  • Audiotape or LPs to audio files on DVD or other media
  • Film/video to video
  • Film/video to video files on DVD or other media

For more information, please see Digitization Services.

Who can I contact with digitization questions?
Please contact images@ohiohistory.org or call 614.297.2530 for more information.

Newspaper Microfilming & Digitization

What newspaper and microfilming services does the Ohio History Connection offer?
The Ohio History Connection partners with local institutions to microfilm and digitize their newspapers. Please see Microfilm Services to learn more.

Where can I see what Ohio newspapers have been digitized for Chronicling America and Ohio Memory?
For a full listing of Ohio newspaper available on Chronicling America and Ohio Memory, see http://www.ohiohistoryhost.org/ohiomemory/newspapers.


Can I volunteer with the Digital Services Department?
Yes! We rely on volunteers to do much of the work involved with digitizing historical materials and making them accessible online. Please contact the Ohio History Connection Volunteer office to learn more.

More questions?  
See our Ohio Memory FAQ page or contact Digital Services staff to learn more.