Stock Footage | Licensing

Reuse of moving and still images, including those found on the Northeast Historic Film Website, requires permission. We can help you select material for your project or production. To begin the process, producers and researchers can request a list of material related to their interest and needs from the collections at Northeast Historic Film by contacting the archive directly or by using the Online Collections Guide to research and request video reference screeners.

To inquire about research and stock footage, please fill out our request form or email.

We charge usage fees based on our ownership of the physical materials and ability to provide access to the intellectual content.

Stock Footage Services and Rates

Research: The first half-hour of research is always free. Additional research is $65 per hour.

Technical Services: Technical services, such as preparation of reference copies or masters, are $65 per hour plus the cost of raw stock. Labor is billed in 15 minute increments. If it is necessary to go to an outside vendor for duplication, laboratory, or facility, it will be specified by NHF. All costs of duplication must be paid by client.

Usage Fees: A minimum charge of 30 seconds applies to all projects. Clients are billed the minimum charge upon shipment of master. This fee is applied against any usage charges above 30 seconds, to be billed upon completion of the project. A kill fee of 50% of applicable minimum will be applied if original material is ordered but not used.

No license for use is given or implied with loan of reference materials. Film and videotape materials licensed to user must be returned to NHF following editing. Copies of completed works must be submitted to NHF for verification of usage.

To purchase rights for dissemination to more than one market, compute the highest rate first. Additional outlets are available at 50% of listed per-second rate.

Regional productions may be eligible for a discount on use fees. Please inquire for more information.

Use Fees Per Second, Per Project:

Broadcast (TV, Cable, Satellite)
Local $20
North America $25
Worldwide $35

Local $25
National $50
Worldwide $80

Theatrical Release Only

DVD/Blu-ray Only
500 or less (local, single source sale) $20
500+ (wholesale, multiple sales outlets) $35

Worldwide Web, Distance Education
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Interior page  Please call

Educational, Corporate, Museum display $15

All Rights, All Media

Whole program use:  Please Call
Other Uses: Please Call

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Screen Credit
Unless a waiver is received, the completed work must carry the following credit:
Northeast Historic Film, _________________ Collection

A copy of the completed work must be donated to Northeast Historic Film.