Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.


Research copies are PDFs of items from our Collection, and 10 per year are provided for free to affiliate K–12 teachers and students; all others should consult our Fee Schedule. Research copies cannot be used for any print or publication purposes.

To request a research copy, please submit the following form:

Click here to order a research copy


Please consult our Fee Schedule if you are interested in publishing an image of an item from our Collection on a website, in a book, or in any other print or digital medium.

Click here to request publication rights


Some materials may be too fragile to be duplicated or digitized.

All orders will be fulfilled electronically via email or Dropbox. If you require hard copies to be mailed, additional charges will apply.

Upon receipt of your order, an itemized invoice will be sent to you. Depending on where you live, sales tax may apply. Nonprofit institutions must submit a sales tax exemption form to avoid paying sales tax.

Advance payment by check or credit card is required. All fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

If paying by check, please include your invoice number on the check and mail it to: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Following receipt of payment, please allow us at least 2–4 weeks to complete your order. Large orders of more than 30 pages may take an additional 1–2 weeks. The exact turnaround time may vary and requests are processed in the order in which they are received.

International payments made by check must be sent in US dollars drawn from a US bank.