Research Services

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premier research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, study and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. We are dedicated to expanding the history of photography and deepening an understanding of the medium. CCP holds an invaluable selection of archives, rare books and reference materials, and oral histories, all for use within the Volkerding Study Center. Finding aids for for all of these items can be found on CCP's ArchivesSpace site.

Reference Services

We process requests in the order they are received, and we kindly ask for your patience. Submit your questions and requests to our reference queue via the form below or directly to Please note that phone calls and direct messages will also be forwarded to this queue for the sake of an equitable process. 

Reference Digitization

CCP is able to provide low-resolution reference images from our archives for research use. Digital images may only be used for personal reference and research purposes. Researchers accept full responsibility for determining whether or not U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) protects the materials being copied and whether or not their use exceeds the limits of fair use. Turn around time for requests is generally a couple of weeks; larger requests may take longer. Our reference imaging fees are noted below. 

To make a request for reference images, please fill out an Item Request form, making sure to fill out these fields:

  • The archive AG number and title
  • The box number which includes the items you are interested in
  • The folder number and title for each folder you would like to have imaged 
  • In the What type of request is this? section, check the option stating, "This is a request for Reference Imaging"

If you would like to have multiple folders scanned from one box, you can fill out additional box and folder lines for each folder you would like to have digitized.

If you would like to have folders from multiple archives scanned, please fill out additional request forms for additional archives.


Number of pages/images Cost per page/image
0-25 Free
26+ $.75 each

Imaging for Publication

Should you wish to publish any images from the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), CCP owns or manages the copyright for many photographers. Our Image Services and Copyright Management Department works with educators, scholars, museums, and publishers worldwide on licensing for these works, and provides reproduction image files and services for the Center's collections.

Please visit our Services for Publishers page for information on how to request permissions and/or reproductions for publication of works from our collection. From there, you can review our Conditions for General Use, and complete the appropriate publication request form.

Virtual Reference

CCP staff are able to host free virtual reference sessions to help with research and/or to share content from the archives over Zoom. These sessions might be useful if you need:

  • to decide what you would like to have digitized for personal research
  • to decide what you would like to have digitized for publication
  • to decide if a trip to visit CCP's archives might be useful
  • assistance in using CCP's collections for research


If you would like to try a remote reference session, please schedule an appointment with an archivist.

If you would like to view content from the archives during your virtual reference appointment, please also complete our Request Form. You may request one box for each virtual reference appointment. Information about finding things in CCP's archives can be found in our Guide to Searching the Collections.


Research and Reference Assistance Request Form