The first half hour of research is free. Thereafter, we charge $50.00 an hour.

We provide screeners to help researchers identify footage that they may wish to purchase for their personal interest or public use. All screeners are low-resolution copies captioned with a copyright notice and statement regarding their limited use. We provide screeners at $15.84 each.

If your project requires high-definition film to digital video transfer, the Archives will outsource the work to a local vendor. You are expected to cover the costs of transferring the entire reel, not just the segment(s) in which you are interested, and courier charges. We will provide a cost estimate for the work. The usual turnaround time is 2-4 weeks, although we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. Following transfer, we will provide watermarked screeners for viewing. We provide these screeners at no charge when researchers pay for film digitization. Final footage will be delivered after payment of rights.

Use Fees

Note that all public uses require permission from WTMJ-TV, which retains its copyright in the footage. The Archives will seek such permission on your behalf.

Use fees are charged by the total seconds of film used; a minimum use of 15 seconds is required. These fees are separate from and in addition to any film-to-digital video transfer fees. Rights are granted for the life of the project. Please inquire for more information.