Permission to Use Magnes Images

Thank you for reading this page and for wanting to reproduce images from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life! 

The Magnes charges production and use fees for images supplied for publication, exhibition, or distribution in any format (print or electronic). Publications with very large press runs and/or high profile exposure may be subject to higher negotiated fees. Additional research fees may apply. These fees support The Magnes in its mission to build, preserve, and provide access to its collection. All reproduction rights are retained by The Magnes for its photographic images, films, and sound recordings, unless they are already in the public domain. The Magnes reserves the right to restrict the use of reproduction of rare or sensitive materials and to refuse permission for inappropriate use.

All permissions to reproduce are given with the understanding that the requestor sends one copy of the publication to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California Berkeley, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94720-6300.

=> If you are inquiring about permissions to use images by artist Arthur Szyk (1894-1951), please note that The Magnes only grants licenses for images of artworks that are part of the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection at The Magnes itself. For an entire list of Szyk works in the collection, please search The Magnes database by entering the collection's accession root number "2017.5.1" in the "Identifying numbers" search field (access the database by clicking here).

=> If you are inquiring about permissions to use images from the recently acquired Roman Vishniac archive, please note that this large collection is currently undergoing a comprehensive inventory, and that requests will begin to be considered after the inventory is complete. You can read about the gift of the Vishniac archive by clicking here
=> If your request involves research in the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, please fill out an online Reference Form

More information about our Collection Services, including a list of search tools, is available here

Once you have determined which items in The Magnes Collection you would like to obtain images and permissions for, please send an email containing a detailed request listing titles, accession numbers, and the reasons for your request, to