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Microfilm Sales

Buy Digital Copies of Microfilm Reels

Now it's even easier to order digital images or PDF files of the microfilm in the Wisconsin Historical Society collections. Just follow the steps below to order single pages, sections or whole reels from our microfilm catalog.

Costs vary according to the number of reels or images requested, whether searchable (OCR) text is required, and the proposed use (commercial or non-profit). The minimum cost per order is $30. Reels vary in price up to $125 per reel.

See a sample of a searchable PDF created with OCR text.

Before You Order

  1. Search our microfilm catalog >>
  2. Once you find a reel, record the title and holding (date). Use this information to complete the form below.
  3. Once we receive your order, we will contact you promptly to discuss your needs and provide a cost estimate.
Order Form for Digital Copies of Microfilm

Please fill in all of the following information. All fields are required to start the purchase process.




Intended Use

How do you plan to use the digital images or PDFs you purchase?

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Searchable Text (OCR)

If you are purchasing a PDF, should it have searchable text (with Optical Character Recognition)?

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File Format

Please choose the file format(s) you require.

Please check all that apply:                

Greyscale or Black and White

Would you like black and white or greyscale images?

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Copyright Notice

You as the end user are responsible for obeying the copyright law (Title 17 of the U.S. Code). Section 107 of that law authorizes reproduction of single copies for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. Section 108 permits libraries and archives to make single copies to add to their collections for research, preservation and other purposes. To see if your intended use is permissible, consult the law at the U.S. Copyright website.

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