Fees, Reproductions & Licensing

The Museums at Union Station charges fees for the use of items from its historical collections. These fees enable the Museum to continue to preserve and catalogue materials and help expand research access to our vast collection. All research fees are due prior to release of any requested materials. An agreement must be signed stating compliance with all rules and conditions for use as required by the Museums at Union Station Research Center Archives. 

Terms of Use

Permission to use an image is based on the rights stated on the invoice or permission form. No image may be distorted in any way, whether by rotation, inversion, change of proportion, color alteration, superimposition, animation, or any other method without prior approval from the Museum.

A detail of an image may be used, subject to prior approval from the Museum, and must be labeled as such.

No image may be cropped more than 10 percent or over-printed without prior approval from the Museum.

Please note that licensing fees vary dependent upon the intended use of requested information.

Personal Use

Researchers may use, free of charge, copies of low-resolution images from the Collections Portal for non-commercial use, such as illustrating a school paper or website, or for study. Each image must be accompanied by the following credit line: [Name of creator] / Museums at Union Station. [Accession number]. If the image will be posted online, please provide a link back to the catalog record in the collections portal.

Credit Line

Image reproductions must be accompanied by the credit line supplied by the Museum. The credit line will appear on the final invoice or permission form.


In some cases, the Museum owns only the physical object and does not assume copyright ownership. The Museum’s reproduction and/or high-resolution access charges do not include fees owed to the rights holder(s). The Museum will inform the researcher if it does not own copyright to an object, and will assist to the best of its ability to provide contact information for the rights holder(s). However, clearing copyright and any other rights that may be vested in an image is entirely the responsibility of the end user.

Purchasing a Print

Images are printed with a Stylus Pro 7890 on Epson’s acid-free Exhibition Fiber Paper. All prints have a resolution of 300 ppi with the image centered on your selected paper size, allowing for a 1-inch white border (1/2 inch for 8 x 10) on each edge, following the original image proportions.

Prints are produced from the digital images available on the online Collections Portal and are exact representations of the object in the Museum’s collection. The Museum does not touch-up, color-correct, crop, or otherwise manipulate the digital images prior to printing.