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Fees & Payments

Smith College Special Collections

Digital Reproductions

Smith College Special Collections will provide reproductions of our textual, visual and audio materials, when such reproductions will not damage the original or violate any restrictions on the materials.

As it is part of the mission of Special Collections to make its resources available as widely as possible, researcher-driven digitization of collection material made upon request will subsequently be made publicly accessible online at no cost, if legally permissible. In this way, patron requests help increase access among researchers.

See Digitization & Use for directions on submitting a request, as well as copyright and use information. Prepayment is required on some orders.


For Smith Students

Service Fee             
New scans (PDF or Tiff format) up to 300 pages No charge

For Researchers

Service Fee             
Digital reference scan, first 50 pages (color PDF file) No charge
Digital reference scan, 51 to 300 pages (color PDF file) $.25/page
Existing digital file (resolution and format varies) No charge
New high resolution digital scans (TIFF file)
Front and back of photograph = 1 scan
Transparencies and Negatives (TIFF file) $10/image
Audiovisual reproduction off-site -
At vendor cost
Microfilm reproduction off-site -
At vendor cost


Contact Special Collections at to obtain the total charges for the services you are requesting. After submitting your request, staff will review the materials and conduct a page count, and then get back to you with a cost estimation. Upon your order confirmation, staff will begin scanning. Prepayment is required on some orders.

The following forms of payment are accepted:

  • Checks (made payable to Smith College),
  • Credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express) - online payment link will be sent when order is complete

Processing Time

Current turn-around time is 2 to 4 weeks and may be longer for large or complex digitization orders. Requests will be managed in the order that they are received.

If you are a Smith faculty member and have a larger request for classroom or teaching use, please contact us for a consultation.