Advantage Preservation:

Commerce Library Completes Major Digitization Project

An Advantage Preservation project was featured in The Commerce Journal of Greenville, Texas last week highlighting our recently completed digitization project for the Commerce Public Library.

The project includes the digitization of 194 microfilm reels sent to our offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The newspapers dating back to 1901 were converted from microfilm to keyword searchable and printable pdf files available for free online at

“The microfilm reader we have is very old, and there is no way to print,” Commerce Public Library Director Nan Clay said. “This is so much more convenient.”

An Advantage account manager worked directly with the Commerce Public Library to help find and secure a grant to digitize their archives from 1901 to 2015. The grant was completed through the Hancher Foundation Hancher supports libraries in Texas who serve a population of 50,000 people, or less. The Commerce Public Library had difficulty finding the funds to digitize their archive, until receiving the grant from Hancher in October.

You can find additional details on the Advantage Commerce Public Library Project online at The Commerce Journal. Advantage and the Commerce Public Library also hope to continue to add to this valuable collection.