We are often asked by historical societies and other organizations how they can pay to scan and provide access to their historical newspaper archives using SmallTownPaper’s ArchiveInABox product. Increasingly we’re able to share examples of organizations which have applied for community grants to help pay for the digitization and several which have designed and executed campaigns to solicit community funds to help make an online archive a reality.
Most recently and in record time, a Virginia veteran mobilized a community to raise funds to digitally preserve and provide online searchable access to his community newspaper, the Jewish News in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hal Sacks dedicated proceeds from his memoir, Hal’s Navy, to the cause and issued an appeal to the community which responded immediately. Click here to read how he did it and how the newspaper is now on its way to having its complete bound volume archive online in 2015.