Archiving the accounts of history as told by the individuals that witnessed it is core to our mission, as is making that history easily accessible and readily available. We aim to put historical accounts at the fingertips of anyone interested. The Advantage Community History Archives online digital access platform connects the community to their past in a very tangible and meaningful way. Historical newspapers, documents, and records can put historical events in perspective, allowing us to view those events through the lens of someone who was there and witnessed “history as it happened.”
It also allows us to connect to our past in a real and tangible way. This cultural asset must be protected and preserved so future generations can have access to the “first draft of history.” At Advantage Archives, we have embraced the idea that preserving history is a shared responsibility. We partner with local community publishers, libraries, and other like-minded individuals to make local content more accessible, now and in the future.
Whether your document is a day old or 200 years old, we have the technology, experience, and expertise to provide your library, historical societies, museums, and other institutions, with archiving and access options. We design our solutions to fit your institution’s unique needs and budget restrictions. We specialize in Document Imaging, Preservation Microfilming Services, Microform Scanning, Digital Archive Hosting, and Document Management Solutions. We partner with libraries & historical societies just like yours to preserve their community’s past, make accessible in the present, and available in the future.
Microfilm digitization is the key to unlock the content that is not currently accessible in a practical way. Creating a digital archive is a powerful tool that will save time by searching through a community’s history by name, date range, keywords, publication, or location…and not limited to a reel at a time or an unoccupied (or operational!) microfilm reader. Advantage Archives offers a budget-friendly digital solution and an online platform to access newspapers and documents via our Community History Archives hosted search portals.
The history recorded in the documents from communities across the country is invaluable. Newspapers, atlases, almanacs, personal journals, directories, government documents, and even yearbooks can put historical events in perspective and allow us to view those events through the lens of someone who was there and witnessed “history as it happened.” It also allows us to connect to our past in a real and tangible way. This cultural asset must be protected and preserved so future generations can have access to the documents that would otherwise be lost to the erosion of time if they remained on fragile paper. The only true way to ensure its survival is through microfilming.
A digital archive allows you to give your historical documents a new life, and give your community an easy-to-use resource, by converting your local newspaper microfilm, and other historical documents, 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 historical 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, it opens up a genuine way for the members of your community to connect with their history.
The content contained on paper documents give a firsthand account and informs our perspective of history, that shaped not only your community, but also your state, and the nation from a local perspective. Although historical newspaper imaging is our specialty, we have an equal passion for all historical documents, including vital records, family bibles, transcripts, journals, and more. All documents and fragile papers are evaluated and processed to assure proper care and accurate conversion. Our experience covers a broad range of document types from a few days, a few years, or even 300 years ago. All phases of the archival document imaging process, such as preparation, document scanning, document indexing, etc., are managed effectively by the experienced team at Advantage. We work closely with our clients through the entire lifecycle of the project utilizing proven project management and preservation methodologies.
Historical preservation is far from our only area of expertise! Our dedicated commercial document imaging solution division, AdvantageIMS, provides solutions for more documents critical to your business or organization. Archiving and retrieving information may not be your core competency. It is ours. We provide solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Advantage Archives’ commercial division has provided document management solutions for many years. We pride ourselves on our understanding of business documents and their impact on your bottom line. We listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your company and its’ clients.
We truly value our long-standing partnerships with libraries and publishers in communities across the United States. We have been privileged to help them preserve and provide online access to their community’s history. We are pleased to partner with others that share our mission: To ensure that documents from the past are accessible in the present and available in the future. We also work with museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, colleges, universities, and more, to provide Document Imaging, Preservation Microfilming Services, Microform Scanning, Digital Archive Hosting, and Document Management Solutions.
The Advantage Preservation division of Advantage Archives has been partnering with libraries, colleges, and historical societies to preserve their local history one community at a time. We take great pride in our work to preserve the past, make it accessible in the present, and ensure its future. It all starts with converting local historical newspapers and other documents onto 35mm Silver Halide Microfilm. It is critical to protect the valuable printed content from the ravages of time. Our internal microfilm standards exceed ANSI/AIIM standards for microfilm preservation.
Newspaper publishers have recorded their community’s “first draft of history” every day. We preserve that history, on microfilm, and partner with the publisher to make that preserved content widely available to interested libraries and institutions in their community and beyond. Our processes meet or exceed all ANSI/AIIM Standards for microfilm preservation. We offer the service at no cost to our qualifying publishing partners, who also enjoy a revenue-sharing opportunity on the content sold on a subscription basis to the interested libraries. We store the negative master copy at no additional charge in our state of the art vault under the publisher’s ownership. We are merely the custodian of the publisher’s intellectual property.
The Advantage team has been closely monitoring the painful condition and trends in the budgets of our state governments. We are incredibly conscious of the fact that one of the hardest-hit areas over the past several years has been in document imaging and historical document preservation services in our government libraries, historical societies, archives, & other agencies. Often the cuts have been severe, and in many cases, these institutions have been underfunded or no longer receive funding at all. We have developed several service offerings and solutions in the wake of the ongoing budget cuts and resource allocations, and many provided at no cost to the state or its taxpayers.
Advantage Archives has been working with educational institutions of all sizes, public and private, for many years, and we understand the importance of the services they provide their students, their community, their state, and beyond. We have partnered with these college & university libraries, K-12 schools, & other educational institutions to provide subscriptions to newspapers on microfilm, preservation microfilming services, digital access solutions, and much, much more. We also recognize that the burden on the administration 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 resource-intensive. Our document scanning and conversion solutions for educational institutions can help reduce costs, improve staff productivity, and provide superior service to departments, faculty, students, and parents.
Historical preservation is far from our only area of expertise! Our dedicated commercial document imaging solution division AdvantageIMS provides solutions to industries and government agencies everywhere. Businesses large and small value their partnership with Advantage, as much as we value ours with them. Archiving and retrieving information may not be your core competency, but it is ours. We provide solutions tailored to your industries, including hospitals, universities, law firms, manufacturing companies, research firms, transportation, and any other business that generates paperwork. Advantage’s commercial division has provided document management solutions for many years. We pride ourselves on our understanding of business documents and their impact on your bottom line. We listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your company and its’ clients.
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