NOTE: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Research Services are still available, although limited. Unfortunately, we cannot currently digitize any of our physical holdings. Please write to inquire about online/remote class visits at [email protected]. Thank you for your patience!

Research Services

When you cannot visit Special Collections, our personnel can search for the information you need. We provide customized, fee-based research services to:

  • Individuals
  • Business and industry
  • Government entities

Please review the fee schedule below; also note: in addition to the time spent researching and reporting, you will be charged for time required for retrieving and returning items as well as preparing materials to be sent to you. Note there will be a one hour minimum service charge. Also, if your request(s) require digitization services, then please see the Digitization Rights and Reproductions Fee Schedule below.

Fee Schedule - Research Services

  • FIT community (with valid ID) and alumni: $50.00 per hour (up to 5 pages report)
  • Non-FIT community: $75.00 per hour (up to 5 pages report)
  • Rush service: $25.00 per hour (in addition to other fees)

Please allow no less than two (2) weeks to process your request; if you are under a very tight deadline, then additional fees will apply. Also note that semester workflow will dictate priority as to provision of service and that FIT-internal needs will take priority over all others. We cannot guarantee a specific delivery date.

Materials are delivered once payment has been received.

Digitization Rights and Reproductions Request

Fashion Institute of Technology Library Special Collections and College Archives will scan and deliver digital content to you. Please see the fee schedule below for details. Subject to the discretion of the archivist.

Fee Schedule - Rights and Reproductions Services

Photographic Fees (per image, Non-profit / Commercial)

  • New digital photography*: $200/ $350
  • Digital Print – Color or B&W (8x10): $35
  • Match print (8x10): $50
  • Digital file – low res jpg, 150dpi, 6”: $15 / $25
  • Digital file – high res TIF, 300dpi, 10”: $30/ $45

License Fees (Non-profit / Commercial)

  • Cover Use: $250 / $500
  • One-time Black & White Editorial Use: $75/ $150
  • One-time Color Editorial Use: $75 / $150
  • World Language Rights Package - Color (all languages, unlimited print run): $175/ $350
  • World Language Rights Package – Black & White (all languages, unlimited print run): $100/$200
  • Electronic use (web, video, DVD): Case-by-case basis

Delivery Costs

  • Domestic Shipping (USPS): TBD
  • Federal Express: TBD
  • FTP (client must provide): Free
  • Email: Free

*Other special uses are considered upon request (i.e. filming, exhibition, multiple uses or formats). Please contact us for pricing.

Please allow no less than 7-10 business days to process your digitization request; however, we cannot guarantee a delivery date. Not all objects have been photographed. Photography of oversize and/or fragile objects is at the discretion of Special Collections staff and may require additional processing time and costs.

Materials are delivered once payment has been received.

Please contact us to make a Rights and Reproduction request.


SPARC will give your class a detailed tour of its primary source material tailored to your class's focus. Please contact us to find a time when you can visit.

More Information

FIT Library Special Collections and College Archives
Goodman Resource Center E435
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 217-4385
[email protected]