Image research

Looking for the perfect picture? We provide image and historical research services for a wide variety of projects. Past clients include historians, publishing houses, television and film producers, businesses developing corporate histories, and families. We will:
  • conduct research in Chicago area collections
  • coordinate research outside of Chicago
  • survey stock agencies
  • perform copyrights research
  • negotiate rights and licensing
  • project management

Archival services

Need help realizing the potential of your archive? We offer a "soup to nuts" approach to archival management. Past clients have included photographers, arts organizations, universities and libraries, corporations and families. Depending on your needs, we will perform any or all of the following services:
  • produce institutional histories
  • conduct surveys and appraisals
  • arrange and describe archival collections
  • develop exhibitions
  • catalog image-based collections
  • manage digitization and collaborative projects

Client List

The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture

American Dental Association

Dairy Management, Inc.

Chicago Park District


The Art Institute of Chicago, Roger Brown Study Center

The Museum of Science and Industry

The Chicago Botanic Garden

The Raeburn Flerlage estate

Desert Prairie Productions

UCAN, Youth and Family Services

Johnson Publishing Company

The McCormick Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

Vantage Point Historical Services

The Chicago History Museum

The Jay and Cindy Pritzker Family

Snappy Charlotte, ltd

NHNZ New Zealand Productions

The Yong and Schlater families

The Old Town School of Folk Music

The Nation of Celestial Space

The New York Daily News

Steve Schapiro, photographer

The Illinois Institute of Technology, Paul Galvin Library

WTTW Public Television