Buy Digital Copies of Microfilm Reels

Follow the steps to order digital images or PDF files of the microfilm in the Wisconsin Historical Society collections.

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 the Microfilm Catalog >>
  2. When you find a reel, note the title and holding (date). Use this information to complete the form below.
  3. Once we receive your order, we will contact you to provide a cost estimate.
Order Digital Copies of Microfilm

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Customer Information

Order Information

Intended Use

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

Commercial (for profit)
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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.

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Greyscale or Black and White

Would you like black and white or greyscale images?

Bitonal (black and white)
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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.