Q. What is available in the Times photo archive?
A. The Tampa Bay Times photo archive features Times photos that have
appeared in print or online. This includes photos published in the Tampa Bay Times and St. Petersburg Times,
well as photos from the Evening-Independent, the afternoon newspaper that was acquired by the Times in 1986.
Q. I have two options for photos: "Buy Reprints" and "License Image."
What's the difference?
A. Photo reprints are for personal use only, and are not to be used for
any other purpose. If you wanted to republish a photo in print or online, you would choose "License Image."
Q. How do I purchase photos online?
A. After performing a search click on the thumbnail of the image you wish
to purchase. A larger version of the image will be displayed with a button labeled 'Buy Reprints' at the top or
bottom of the image. Upon clicking the 'Buy Reprints' button you will be directed over to the Tampa Bay Times
photo store where you can select the type of products (prints, mugs, stamps, ...) you would like, add them to
your shopping cart and proceed to checkout.
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Q. How do I license an image?
A. Once you click the "License Image" option for a photo, you will be
presented with a menu of choices to the right of the image. This will allow you to provide the necessary details
on how you wish to use the image. Once that is done, you will be presented with a licensing fee, which can be
paid with a credit card. Upon payment, you will be able to download a high-resolution version of the image.
Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
A. Payment options are as follows:Reprints: Visa, MasterCard,
American Express and PaypalLicensing: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
Q. What is your refund policy on photo reprints?
A. If you are not satisfied for any reason with the final product, you
may return your purchase for a replacement or refund within 30 days of receipt. Unless the item is damaged the
return shipping is your responsibility. *In the case of Custom Stamps and Stickers, only complete sheets can be
returned. Incomplete sheets will not be accepted. Visit the following site for greater detail on return
Q. How many photos are in the Times archive?
A. There are currently over 500,000 images, with new photos being added
Q. What time period does the archive cover?
A. Most of the images currently in the archive cover the period from 1990
to the present. In addition to those, there are thousands of historical images, the vast majority of which cover
the period from 1960 to 1989. About 5% of the historical photos were taken before 1960, with most of those coming
from the 1940s and 1950s. There are a few photos from prior to 1940.
Q. How frequently do you update the archive?
A. There is a daily update Monday through Friday.
Q. Where did all of these photos come from?
A. All of these images come from the archives of the Tampa Bay Times.
The images from 1990 to present were already in digital format, but the historical photos were not. The Times
contracted with a company to take its collection of over 1,000,000 photographic prints and digitize them. The
process of adding these photos to the archive is ongoing and will continue for several years at least.
Q. Are there any photos that are not being entered into this archive?
A. Yes. Over the years the Times has acquired many images from wire
services such as the Associated Press, as well as handout photos from individuals or organizations. These images
do not belong to the Times and are not being entered into this archive.
Q. Why can't I get reprints of some photos?
A. There are a number of college and professional sports photos for which
we can offer licensing but not reprints. This is a copyright-related issue. We apologize for the inconveience.
Q. Why is there so little information on some of the older photos?
A. Most of the historical photos were scanned and captioned by an outside
vendor. They transcribed whatever was on the back of the photo. In some cases, there was no info on the back of
the photo, or it was not very legible. In those cases, they used the name of whatever folder the photos came out
of as the caption.
Q. I found some misspellings or other errors in a photo caption. What
should I do?
A. Because of the way the caption info was entered, there will be
transcription errors in some of the historical photos. Please send an e-mail to [email protected]
information about the error. Please include the misspelling and/or the barcode ID of the photo (found directly
above the caption) so that we can find the error and make the necessary changes.
Q. How do I get better search results?
A. If you find that your search is returning too many (or too few) search
results, please click the Help button right next to the search box. You'll find many helpful hints there.
Q. What if I can't find the photo I'm looking for?
A. Please check the question above for some tips on searching the archive.
To request a specific photo, use the Contact Us link on the search page.
Q. How do I order back issues of The Tampa Bay Times?
A. You can order back issues by contacting the Customer Service department
at 727-893-8111 or by writing to 490 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701. Email orders are not taken.
Q. How do I get a subscription to The Tampa Bay Times?
A. To subscribe to the print edition, go to the online subscription page or
To subscribe to the electronic edition, an exact replica of the print edition, go to tampabay.com/subscribe.
Includes 1 year of archives.
Q. What if I have a question that cannot be answered by the Frequently
A. If your question isn't addressed above, please send an e-mail to [email protected].
Please include your contact info.