Getting started digitizing your archive.

For many publishers or historical societies wanting to digitize their newspaper archive, the thought of getting started is daunting.  Where do you begin?  Which archive newspapers, bound volumes or microfilm reels should you scan first?

Your first thought may be to scan the oldest and most fragile archive material first but many of our customers have proceeded a different way.  If the community is celebrating an anniversary of some sort, it makes sense to scan the papers connected to that event.  If you have a business or organization sponsoring the scanning effort, consider letting them decide which newspapers they want to see online first.  For many, scanning papers in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s first is most practical because those are the pages nostalgic baby boomers want to look through the most.  You know your audience best so think about them when deciding where to begin.

With our program, you decide which pages are scanned first and at what pace. There’s no contract so you are able to schedule a single shipment to get started – that way, you’re able to build community interest and support by actually showing them the online archive and letting them search and explore it.

Contact us to get started today. Email karen@smalltownpapers.com if you have any questions or would like to schedule a shipment.

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