Formats and Costs
For fulfillment of research and commercial requests for digital assets, the National Postal Museum charges the following fees.
The museum requests a complimentary copy of publications in which museum images are published. The museum requests that its digital assets be used with full attribution to the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Museum object and Photographic Archives images are available in digital formats only.
Museum website text can be used without cost. The museum, however, does request that the text be used with full attribution given to the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
How to Order
To order images or other digital assets, please download and complete the Digital Asset Request and Usage Form. E-mail the completed form to the below e-mail address. Museum staff will reply with an invoice. Payments may be made by check.
Photographic assets will be sent within 15 business days after receipt of payment.
Permission to use copyrighted material (photographs/designs/artwork/etc.) does not automatically transfer with your order if copyright is held by another institution. For example, the U.S. Postal Service holds the copyright for all U.S. postage stamps issued after January 5, 1978. Permission to use images of any stamps issued after that date should be obtained (before use) from the U.S. Postal Service Licensing Department. Also, some photographs on the museum website are copyrighted by the Library of Congress or other institutions. Before using those images, permission should be obtained from the appropriate institution.
Term of Use