The State Historical Society of North Dakota & Advantage Archives Partner to Digitize North Dakota History
By: Matt Kiley - Advantage Archives
The State Historical Society of North Dakota has partnered with Advantage Preservation to explore a sustained newspaper digitization plan that provides easy search-ability and is free to all users.
Deputy State Archivist for the State Historical Society of North Dakota Shane Molander outlined the need for additional digitization in October on statemuseum.nd.gov. Chronicling America is a valuable online newspaper resource, but includes only select newspapers prior to 1964, a fraction of the collection currently on microfilm. You can now search or browse over 140,000 pages, telling the story of Divide County over the last 114 years, at the Divide County Public Library’s Community History Archive: dcl.advantage-preservation.com/
Many states participating in the National Digital Newspaper Project, or Chronicling America, have had additional newspapers beyond this project digitized. One vendor that caught our interest while researching our own such project is Advantage Preservation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They contracted with the Divide County Public Library to digitize the area newspapers from microfilm created by the North Dakota State Archives. Being a Divide County native, it certainly captured my interest as I was able to search for relatives — and even myself!
~Shane Molander at the State Historical Society of North Dakota
Advantage offers a digitization solution for word-searchable, digital newspapers at affordable price for libraries, historical societies and other organizations. With the blessing of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, we are partnering with local groups and newspaper publishers interested in having their newspaper online and searchable. Advantage has already created several websites for clients in North Dakota with communities across the state interested in doing the same.
The Community History Archives are 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.