Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I search for images?

    You are able to search the descriptions and other image metadata through a simple search box on the home page ("The Digital Archives" tab at the left side of the top menu). You are also able to filter the entire holdings by their subjects as tagged by the Michigan Tech Archives via the "Browse Subjects" tab above. Drill down to increasingly specific images by selecting the appropriate subject(s) in the right-hand menu on that page.

  2. What is the “shoe box"?

    The shoe box tab is a place you can gather and store images. By logging into your account, you will be able to save photos to view them in the future or to order duplication services.

  3. How do I create an account?

    On the User Login block at the right, select Create new account (which is only visible if you are not logged in, otherwise go directly to the Create new account page), enter the Username you would like and E-mail address most appropriate for you. Our system administration receives the account request, reviews and approves within 24 hours.

  4. What kinds of duplication services do you offer?

    To learn more about photographic reproduction and digital duplication, please visit our Duplication Services page.

  5. How do I order images for duplication?

    After creating an account you are able to request duplication services by saving the images you want in your shoebox and then following the checkout procedure in the shoebox (a simple checkout button). The checkout procedure simply collects basic information and helps put our staff in contact with you with the appropriate information to assist you.

  6. What do I do if I forget my password?

    On the User Login block at the right, select Forgot password (which is only visible if you are not logged in, otherwise go directly to the Forgot password page) and submit the email address of the account you are registered under. An email is sent to that address that connects you to a password reset page.

  7. Can I use low-resolution images copied from this site?

    You may copy and paste or save low-resolution images from the Copper Country Historical Images for your personal use and research. However, you must leave the Photo Courtesy Michigan Tech Archives watermark intact and visible on the image in an effort to retain its historical context.

  8. How should I cite the photographs I use from the Copper Country Historical Images?

    If you would like to use low-resolution images from the Copper Country Historical Images, you are not required to cite this image. All we ask is that you leave the Photo Courtesy Michigan Tech Archives watermark visible on your copy.
    If you are planning on using an image that requires a citation or proper attribution, here is an example:

    MS-019, Brockway Photograph Collection, Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections. Houghton, Michigan

  9. Are all of the Michigan Tech Archives’ collections available on the Copper Country Historical Images site?

    While many of our historic images have been digitized, cataloged and made available online through Copper Country Historical Images, we house many more manuscript collections and physical items within our stacks that include images not available online.

    For access to our extensive manuscript collections, images, maps and other historic resources, we encourage you to visit us in person during our regular business hours or contact us to plan a productive visit at

  10. How can I contact the archives?

    The Michigan Tech Archives is located in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library on the garden level.

    1400 Townsend Drive
    Houghton, MI 49931

    (906) 487-2505