Ordering Photos & Videos

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President Barack Obama and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills are shown on a video camera screen during an event in the East Room of the White House, May 19, 2009. (P051909LJ-0130)

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


Many historic photographs and audio/video materials are already in the public domain and available online.  These materials do not require permission and/or licensing for use.  Please credit: Courtesy Barack Obama Presidential Library.

To Order

  • Gather all available information about the image; and if possible, find the filename (the “P” number found in the caption or details).
  • Provide a specific description of the image, video, or audio clip, including date, location, topic, and if possible, the URL for each web page that contains the requested material.
  • Email this information plus your name, phone number, email, mailing address, as well as format and delivery preferences to obama.photos@nara.gov.
  • Some fees will apply. Payment may be made by credit card or check made out to “NATF.”
  • Orders may also be placed by phone, fax, or mail.


Audiovisual Archives
Barack Obama Presidential Library
2500 W. Golf Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169-1114
Phone: (847) 252-5731
Fax: (847) 252-5799
Email: obama.photos@nara.gov