Digital Archive Hosting

The Community History Archives by Advantage Preservation include designing and implementing cost-effective digital solutions, creating a portal to the past. Experience “history as it happened” in the pages of historic newspapers already preserved on microfilm for the next generation.

The Community History Archives

Give your historic documents a new life and give your community an easy-to-use  resource  by  converting  your  local newspaper microfilm to  a fully-searchable digital archive. The Community History Archives serve as a practical means to explore and discover content that was not easily accessible before. Preserving the historic content on microfilm ensures that the “first rough draft of history” is available for future generations. Using digitization as a supplement (not a replacement) to your long term archival strategy opens up a very real way for the members of your community to connect with their history.

The Community History Archive is user friendly, and easy to learn. We focused on making it as simple as possible, so that everyone…from students to grandparents (and everyone in between) can browse, search, view, clip and share articles, headlines, pages, and stories recorded in the pages of the community newspaper.. Just type a search and hit “enter” or browse to a specific year, month, day or page in any (or all) publications contained in the archive. Often a better value than a single microfilm reader! Advantage Preservation has developed a tailor made solution to meet the preservation needs of libraries across the country.

  • We will work with you to inventory your materials and provide a comprehensive listing of your collection.
  • We will provide you with an accurate estimate of cost associated with the digitization service.
  • We will assist in the secure shipping and tracking of your materials

Our team will work with you to create a text searchable database – delivering you a valuable asset that you are proud to share with your patrons and community. We will help guide you through securing permission from the publisher to ensure all copyright laws are being followed. Upon completion of website our team will provide you with access to tracking tools so you can track the usage of your database for your end of the year reporting. Our team will continue to improve and update your database as technology changes.

Our processes align to ANSI/AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) standards for archival microfilming, as well as specifications developed by the Research Libraries Group (RLG) & by the Library of Congress. This requires stringent adherence to our internal guidelines regarding the careful production & examination of all archival microfilm, in addition to well controlled storage & handling conditions

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Combined, the Advantage Preservation team has been partnering with Libraries, Colleges, and Historical Societies to preserve their local history for over a century. We take great pride in converting local historical newspapers, record books, public records, and photos onto 35mm Silver Halide Microfilm to protect the valuable content from the ravages of time. Our Microfilm meets all ANSI/AIIM Standards for microfilm preservation and we only use archival-quality 35mm Silver Halide produced in our Kodak Certified Lab for true 500+ year preservation!

 

We give Newspaper Publishers a clear Advantage! In partnering with Advantage Preservation you will be working with a team that has over 50 years combined experience in the Newspaper Microfilming Industry, we meet or exceed all ANSI/AIIM Standards for microfilm preservation. The Microfilming will be done at no cost to our Publishing Partners. The only cost you will have is shipping the papers to our facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Your Master Negative copy can be stored at no additional charge in our state of the art vault under your ownership.

The Advantage Preservation team has been closely monitoring the painful condition and trends in the budgets of our state governments… and we are extremely conscious of the fact that one of the hardest hit areas has been in newspaper and historical preservation services in State Libraries.  The cuts have been deep, and in many cases, these institutions have been left behind.

The Advantage Preservation team has been closely monitoring the painful condition and trends in the budgets of our state governments… and we are extremely conscious of the fact that one of the hardest hit areas has been in newspaper and historical preservation services in State Libraries and Historical Societies.  The cuts have been deep, and in many cases, these institutions have been left behind.  We are pleased to be working with State Historical Societies across the country to help ease the burden of their filming.

Educational institutions of all sizes, public and private, are burdened with more paperwork than ever before. Dealing with paper-based business processes while struggling to comply with regulations such as NCLB, FERPA and HIPAA is tough for any administrator. Converting paper and microfilm student files (e.g. attendance documents, report cards, transcripts) to secure digital files can help your organization provide instant record access from any education system.

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