Using Photos

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is the world’s foremost repository of materials relating to Louis Armstrong. For many years, we have been the first place for publishers and broadcasters to acquire Armstrong photos (we hold over 15,000). We welcome proposals for publication, broadcast, exhibit, or other use of photos in our Collections.

There are five steps to this process:

  1. Read our Photo Use Policy, available to download as a PDF file. (You need to have Adobe Reader installed to view PDF files.)
  2. Select your photo(s) by either searching either the Online Catalog, the Top Photo Selection page, or by visiting us in person for on-site research. (You may also select any photo on our entire website.) If you can’t find what you’re looking for, and are not able to travel to us, we can make a suggestion based on your description.
  3. Submit your information and details about your project on our Photo Request Form.
  4. Within ten business days after you submit the Photo Request Form (but probably sooner), we will email an agreement to you, prepared according to the information on the Photo Request Form. Sign the agreement and send it back to us together with the fee payment.
  5. After we receive the signed agreement and payment, we will email instructions on how to download your photo(s) (typically a high resolution TIFF file, scanned at 300 dpi).