Black and white historical photos

Registration Form | Photographs and Images Form

The Morse Department of Special Collections invites students, faculty, scholars, and members of the community to use historical photographs and documents in their research, presentations, publications, and digital projects.  

As part of our mission to collect, preserve, and make available rare and unique materials, we do not have set image use fees. Instead, our faculty and staff believe in making historical photographs and documents as widely available as possible.


Retail reproductions for both web and high resolution must be negotiated by the department.

Research Resolution (Web-Resolution)

Web-resolution scans can be made with the book scanner and quickly create images of texts. Scanned images are web quality, best for use in presentations, research papers, or websites.

Exhibit and Publication Resolution (High-Resolution)

High-resolution scans include a time-intensive process to provide image quality that supports exhibitions, scholarly publications, and other, similar projects. Requests are scheduled on a “first-in, first-out” basis. We recommend placing your order well in advance of your project’s completion date.

Image Use

Works Cited / Rules for Citations

In accordance with standard academic and general practices, please include a statement of acknowledgment. For more information visit our citations and bibliographies guide.

Full Citation (for use in academic essays, scholarly articles, and coursework)

Courtesy [“Title”], [Name of Collection], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State   
      University Libraries, Box [Box #, when applicable]”

Courtesy “Gordon Parks,” Gordon Parks Papers, Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas     
      State University Libraries, Box 1.

(for use in exhibitions or media projects)

Courtesy of Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Make a Gift

Special Collections needs your help in saving, preserving, and promoting our collections. Your financial contribution of any amount plays a significant role in enhancing existing collections and developing future resources for our dynamic faculty, student, and scholar community.

Contact Information

For research or additional questions email Special Collections at

For retail reproductions or to make a gift contact Keli Rylance (785-532-7456 or