Institutional Archives

Preservation Virginia maintains a number of archival resources related to the history of the organization and our historic sites. If you would like to schedule a research appointment, please contact Elyse Werling, Curator of Collections, at Additional institutional archives are located at various organizations across the state, including the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, the Library of Virginia, and The Valentine Museum.


Commercial Photography, Filming Requests, and Photo Licensing

Preservation Virginia stewards six historic sites, their historic collections, and digital images that are available for reproduction. Your photo requests will be processed within 10 business days. 


Preservation Virginia maintains a library of digital images of artwork, collections objects, and our historic sites that is available for licensing per standard museum guidelines. To submit an image reproduction or licensing request for a Preservation Virginia image, please complete this FORM and submit it to

To submit an image reproduction or licensing request for a Historic Jamestown image, please complete this FORM and submit it to



*Images for website use are required to be no larger than 800 pixels on any side in their published form. Reproduction fee includes rights for image use and thumbnail use. Electronic rights may be bundled as a courtesy for textbooks and other educational products. Otherwise, the above rates apply.


Tour Publicity

Non-profit organizations sponsoring trips to Preservation Virginia sites for which they are paying standard admission fees are entitled to the use of one image from the image bank for use in promoting their tour free of charge. Organizations receiving fee waivers to visit Preservation Virginia sites are allowed a single image at the standard non-profit editorial rate.

For-profit organizations may have a single image at the standard editorial rate as a courtesy ($150 for color digital images). Additional images will be charged at the advertising rate.



Publishers of guidebooks and other literature that is specifically intended to help visitors learn about and visit our historic sites (must include directions, contact information, website, phone number, and other relevant information to qualify) are entitled to the use of two images free of charge or for the waiver of all fees associated with printing their own photographs of Preservation Virginia sites in exchange for appropriate credit in the caption of the image and text review by a Preservation Virginia staff member.



Preservation Virginia will consider cooperating in some film projects and commercial shoots, especially, those of an educational or documentary nature. All projects are reviewed to determine if they are compatible with Preservation Virginia’s mission and purpose. If they are not compatible, Preservation Virginia may deny permission to shoot. Preservation Virginia’s CEO makes the final determination, in his or her sole discretion, on whether a property of Preservation Virginia can be used as a location for a film or commercial photography project. 

Filming inquires will be considered for the following Preservation Virginia historic sites: Bacon’s Castle, the John Marshall House, Smith’s Fort, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, and the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

To submit a filming request, please complete this FORM and submit it to The terms listed on this form will be strictly followed. All requests will be reviewed and responded to within 5-7 business days. 



Commercial photography at Preservation Virginia historic sites is strictly prohibited unless granted permission. To submit an inquiry about commercial photography, please contact