Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations


Individuals or organizations who wish to publish editions of source materials, in whatever form, must first contact the Director of the Institute.

Selfmade copies

In general, library and archive material, provided it is in good condition, may be scanned, photographed or copied.
For printing or scanning from microfilm / microfiche, equipment is available.
For scanning, copying and printing equipment is available.
See our rates.

How to order copies

The Institute has a reproduction section where, for a nominal fee, copies and reproductions can be ordered (scans, xerox copies, photographs, duplicate microfilms).
See our rates.

Search the IISH catalogue to identify the specific publication, poster, or photograph you want to have copied.
It is possible to order reproductions by mail or by using the form Contact or send an e-mail to You will get an invoice and instructions for payment.
When ordering photocopies your request must contain the following information:
For books: your name, title, author, call number.
For magazines: your name, title, call number, year(s).

Before ordering reproductions of archival documents, please check the available on-line finding aids of archival collections.
Please note: Access to some archival collections may be restricted.
When ordering photocopies your request must contain the following information: your name, name of the archive, inventory numbers.
We regret that we will not be able to process requests for copying any documents that are too vulnerable to be handled.

In most cases, the IISH does not hold the copyright of the material. The IISH does not mediate in matters pertaining to copyright of third parties. See Copyrights.