Obtaining Copies of Maps, Plans, and Aerial Photographs
Copies can be obtained through
- in-person visits to our research room
- hiring an independent researcher to perform research and obtain copies on your behalf.
In the Cartographic research room, we offer copy services that include self-service copies and oversize copies. See Self-service copying in the DC Area for more information on this option
Oversize Paper Records
Oversize copies, either black and white or color hardcopy and digital, are done in the Cartographic research room between the hours of 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Researchers must submit orders by 11:30am and 3:30pm respectively.
Researchers may request up to 10 copies at a time on the oversized copier. Additional copy requests may be completed based on the copy queue.
Oversize Copy Prices
Black and white photocopies - $3.50 per linear foot
Color copies - $5.00 per linear foot
Digital copies - $3.50 per scan
Digital copies will be placed on a CD or researcher-provided flash drive.
The oversize scanner in the Cartographic Research Room is reserved for onsite cash and carry reproductions only. We are unable to provide mail order reproductions.
We have light tables available in our research room to view rolled aerial negative film. Reproductions of rolled aerial film can be made by taking photographs of the rolled film using privately owned cameras and tripods that can be brought to our facility. Researchers may also bring their own laptop to connect to our flatbed scanners (Epson Expression 11000XL Photo Scanner and Microtek Scanner) with the capability to make digital scans of rolled aerial film. Please note that use of these scanners may have to be limited and shared among researchers during your visit.
We do not have the ability to make any type of printed reproductions of rolled aerial negative film within our facility.
Researchers may choose to bring their own aerial scanner for use in the Cartographic research room. Equipment must be approved by Conservation and Cartographic supervisors prior to use. Researchers must adhere to guidelines, all research room policies, procedures and staff directions. Please see our General Guidelines: Handling Aerial Film and Aerial Film Scanner Box.