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Thank you for your interest in the White House Historical Association's image collection. Before proceeding with your order, please review the guidelines and fee schedule below.

I. Description of Collections

White House Collection:

The White House is the official residence of the president of the United States and a living historic house containing a collection of museum-quality objects. This collection of fine and decorative arts encompasses both historic objects associated with the White House and the presidency and significant works by a variety of American and European artists and craftsmen generally consonant with the historic character of the house. The Curator of the White House manages the care and preservation for the collections.

For further information about the White House Collection e-mail the Curator's office.

The White House Historical Association acts as steward to the White House Collection. The Association maintains images of two-and three-dimensional works of art, images of the house and grounds and images of decorative objects and furnishing within the house. Many of these images have been featured in the White House Historical Association publications.

Rights information: the White House Historical Association licenses the images of paintings of the White House Art Collection. We reserve the right to provide or restrict access to these images.

The White House Historical Association owns copyright to the images of objects, furniture and three-dimensional artwork in the White House Collection. We reserve the right to provide or restrict access to these images.

White House Historical Association Publication Images:

The White House Historical Association has obtained a collection of images originally published in The Living White House and The White House Guidebook by the National Geographic Society and the White House Historical Association. Photographs were taken specifically for these publications, by the National Geographic Society, from the Kennedy Administration to the George H .W. Bush Administration. Images include interiors and exteriors of the White House and White House events. This collection also includes unpublished images.

The White House Historical Association has commissioned photography for our publications, including: Official White House China, The White House: It's Historic Furnishings and First Families, The White House: The History of an American Idea, The White House Garden and White House Glassware, The Living White House, The White House Guidebook.

Rights information: the White House Historical Association owns copyrights to these images. We reserve the right to provide access to these images.

National Trust / Decatur House Image Collection:

The Decatur House, a National Trust Historic Site, and the home of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, holds a collection of images related to the site. The collection includes images of the interiors and exteriors of the Decatur House, artifacts and artwork within the object collection, past programs that took place at the site, and former residents and their families.

Rights information: The National Trust for Historic Preservation maintains the right to provide access to these images. The images may be licensed through the White House Historical Association. In addition to agreeing to the terms and conditions set forth by the White House Historical Association below, this images collection also requires that:

  • The Applicant agrees to use the following credit line format for use of images in any product: Photograph by [photographer's name] and The White House Historical Association at Decatur House, a National Trust Historic Site.
  • National Trust Historic Site images are obtained from many sources and are intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Permission will be granted only to the extent of the National Trust's ownership of the rights relating to the Applicant's particular request. The responsibility for ascertaining whether any such rights exist, and for obtaining all necessary permissions, remains with the Applicant. Applicant will hold the National Trust harmless against any and all claims, demands, costs, and expenses incurred by copyright infringements arising from use of any images provided under this request.
  • Applicant will provide two (2) complimentary copies of any resulting product to the National Trust Historic Site at the address listed below. The National Trust Historic Site staff are requested to then provide one (1) copy to the Director of Museum Collections, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-588-6154 (tel) or 202-588-6232 (fax).

Public Domain Images:

The White House Historical Association has selected images pertaining to White House history from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration and Presidential Libraries.

Rights information: These images are in the public domain.

II. Description of Uses

Publication:

Express permission from the White House Historical Association is required for use of all images that will be published or printed. Fees for commercial and non-profit uses are listed below. Each request is reviewed and permission is granted or denied on a case-by-case basis. If permission is granted, the user will be required to agree to our Terms of Use statement.

We allow the following published uses:

  • Exhibits
  • Educational website (low-resolution images only)
  • Online exhibits (low-resolution images only)
  • Educational publication (for sale, or not for sale)
  • Educational broadcasts

We do not allow the following uses:

  • Any use which may lead to unauthorized use
  • Advertisements or endorsements
  • Redistribution of image as prints, posters, slides, or other commercial products
  • Internet distribution
  • Electronic compilations
  • Use of high-resolution images on websites

Personal Use:

The White House Historical Association allows the use of our images without use fees for personal uses that do not entail publication. The user will be required to sign a Terms of Use agreement even for personal use cases but will not be charged a fee.

We consider the following to be personal use:

  • Illustration for school projects or papers, including theses or dissertations
  • Electronic slideshows using presentation software such as PowerPoint
  • Illustration on personal desktop
  • Display in home or private office
  • In the classroom

III. Terms of Use

By downloading image files from the White House Historical Association site, purchasing prints, or receiving images files from the White House Historical Association through any other means, you are bound to: 1) the White House Historical Association terms of use, 2) the written permission notice you will receive:

Terms of Use for Published Images:

Images may be used only after express permission from the White House Historical Association has been granted for each specific use.

No image license is valid until receipt of payment.

Permission is given for one-time, non-exclusive, non-transferable use only.

"One-time use" means that once a digital image has been published, distributed or exhibited, you many not subsequently reformat, redesign, or otherwise alter the way the images is displayed; nor may you re-use the image in other products, nor allow others to use it. For each additional use after image is obtained, the White House Historical Association must be contacted for permission.

Images must be credited according to the credit line provide by the White House Historical Association. Credit line must appear alongside image, or in the relevant section devoted to image or illustration credits.

The image is not to be cropped, superimposed with text, or altered in any way from its original form unless prior permission for alteration is received from the White House Historical Association. Alterations may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. If the White House Historical Association does allow cropping of image after review, the image must be credited as a "detail."

Use of Images in Commercial Projects such as Motion Pictures, Documentaries, Television Shows:

Using images for research purposes to lend a film historical authenticity is regarded as a personal use and as such there are no use fees.

Any image that will be directly reproduced within the project, such as set dressing or design, must follow the previous guidelines. The images must have the proper credit line clearly displayed either with the images or within the credits. In order for the images to be licensed, all parties will have to sign a licensing agreement which states each party's rights and responsibilities. Once payment is received and the licensing agreement has been signed by all authorized parties, then the White House Historical Association will grant permission for images to be used in the film or television show.

Please see the sample licensing agreement at the end of this document.

Terms of Use for Personal Use:

Images may be used for personal use only.

Image may not be published in any way, including website or electronic use, without the express permission of the White House Historical Association.

Image may not be used in an electronic compilation or distributed in any way.

Images must be credited according to the credit line provide by the White House Historical Association. Credit line must appear alongside image, or in the relevant section devoted to image or illustration credits.

The image is not to be cropped, superimposed with text, or altered in any way from its original form unless prior permission for alteration is received from the White House Historical Association. Alterations may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. If the White House Historical Association does allow cropping of image after review, the image must be credited as a "detail."

IV. Ordering Instructions

The White House Historical Association requires requests for images and approval through your Lightbox, or by written request to the contact below.

The following information is required:

  • Image identification
  • Description of how the image will be used
  • Anticipated date of publication
  • Name, address, phone, and fax number of contact person

Payment must be received before permission to download and/or publish an image is granted. You may pay by credit card by calling in your information, or mail a check or money order to the address below.

Contact:

The White House Historical Association

P.O. Box 27624

Washington, DC 20038-7624

Phone: 202-218-4314

Fax: 202-789-0440

E-mail: rights@whha.org

V. Fee Schedule

To purchase a physical reproduction of an image, Please visit Request-A-Print @ whitehousehistory.org/shop

Digital Images:

High resolution standard (8"x10" at 300ppi jpeg): $25.00

High resolution special order: $30

Use Fees for published images are based on a one-time use and do not entitle the purchaser to repurpose images or reuse them in multiple projects.

Non Profit:

  • Exhibit: $50.00
  • Publication not-for-sale: $50.00
  • Publication for sale: $75.00
  • Publication for sale (including e-books): $85:00
  • Website: $50.00
  • Motion pictures/Documentaries/Shows not for sale: $50:00
  • Motion pictures/Documentaries/Shows for sale: $75:00

Commercial:

  • Exhibit: $100.00
  • Publication not-for-sale: $100.00
  • Publication for sale: $100.00
  • Publication for sale (all print and electronic derivatives): $150.00
  • Website: $100.00
  • Motion pictures/Documentaries/Shows: $150-200

Rush Fees: We reserve the right to charge a rush fee ranging from 10%-100% of the full order, depending on the number of images needed and turnaround time.

View a Sample Licensing Agreement.

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