Project detail

Image procurement: research, rights and licensing negotiation

Conduct research and negotiate terms of use on behalf of curators, documentarians,
publishers, and individuals seeking historical images.

The Process

We work with institutions and companies seeking broad-based image research, reproduction, and licensing coordination for documentaries, publications, and exhibitions, both physical and virtual. We collaborate with producers, publishers, and project coordinators to meet timelines for fabrication or publication, and to establish realistic budgets for reproduction and licensing. We have a deep knowledge of archival holdings in Chicago and an ability to seek out publicly and privately held resources throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Meet The Harlem Globetrotters Meet the Harlem Globetrotters, 1952. Walter Carone/Getty Images. #160680207
The Chicago Botanic GardenCourtesy, The Chicago Botanic Garden

The Projects

In recent years, we've cleared thousands of images for use in television and film documentaries, publications, and exhibitions. Large scale projects have included: image procurement for ten permanent galleries in the National Museum of African American History and Culture; rights negotiation and licensing for the Robert McCormick Foundation's Freedom Express; image research, rights and licensing for Chicago and Its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125, a publication of the Chicago Botanic Garden; and image procurement for 100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation, a series of books and website commemorating the Foundationís centennial.


Conduct original in-house research
at local archives

Identify and survey relevant holdings at repositories in and outside of Chicago

Conduct thorough searches for obscure sources and through stock agencies

Copyrights research

Terms and use fee negotiation

"Armstrong-Johnston's professionalism, grace under pressure, drive to dig deep into the archives, and incredible attention to detail make them among the best researchers in their field. I look forward to another opportunity to work together."

Sabrina Berns

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution