The mission of the Jerome Journal is quite clearly stated on their website: “To collect, save and share information, pictures and documents about the history and families of Jerome, Lincoln Township and the surrounding areas of Appanoose & Wayne counties, Iowa.”
In keeping with this mission they will work with Advantage Preservation to provide digital access to newspapers dating as far back as 1890. The digital archive will include:
- The Seymour Press (1890-1905)
- The Seymour Leader (1904-1906 & 1918)
- The Seymour Democrat (1906-1919)
- The Seymour Herald (1918-Present)
The project is explored in detail here.
Bill Hawkins is the author of the article., and speaks to the versatility digital access offers as a compliment to microfilm:
Advantages over the current use of the microfilm at the Seymour Community Library and other libraries and museums will be: (1) ability to search all editions of the newspapers over 130 years with key words, names, places, organizations, churches, and businesses, (2) ability to print articles of interest when found, (3) availability from any computer with Internet access for those unable to visit a library or museum with copies of the existing microfilms.
He also mentions The Advantage Companies, the parent company of Advantage Preservation.
The digitization of the newspapers will be done by The Advantage Companies of Cedar Rapids which does similar work for the Iowa State Historical Society, including the safe storage of the ISHS collection of Iowa newspapers. Advantage will also develop, host and maintain the website on which the Seymour newspapers will be available. Advantage is also currently working with the Appanoose County Historical Society on the digitization of the available Centerville historic newspapers.
History is important to Advantage Preservation. Preserving history and making it widely accessible is what we are passionate about. We are also an Iowa company. Owned by Iowans, managed by Iowans and staffed by Iowans. When it comes to preserving Iowa history, it becomes personal.