In addition to working with clients, Matt is our resident story teller. He delivers news, announcements, and educational articles in our blog “Read All About It!”, and through our various social media channels. He has built quality relationships with Public Libraries, College and University Libraries, Historical Societies, Genealogical Societies, and Newspaper Publishers across the United States and Canada. His mission is to provide these institutions with a long term preservation model. Matt will work with you through a collaborative approach and ensure you are involved from the initial specifications to the delivery of the products, thus assuring the outcome you want and expect.
What Do Matt’s Clients Have To Say?
Cynthia SweetExecutive Director, Iowa Museum Association
““The Advantage Company's Iowa History project to microfilm, digitize, and make available Iowa's newspapers to schools, libraries, and museums at no charge to the state, offers an opportunity to engage Iowans of all ages in the joy of research and discovery. Through research and the process of understanding past events, valuable 21st century skills are developed such as critical thinking, independent thinking, judgement of the accuracy and reliability of sources, analysis of conflicting evidence, awareness of multiple perspectives, interpretation, and communication. The Iowa Museum Association celebrates projects such as this, that provide historical resources to Iowans of all ages through their schools, museums, and libraries.””
Tony JahnState Archivist, State Historical Society of Iowa
““Advantage and the State Historical Society have had a partnership, providing microfilm services, since 2011 and they have demonstrated great professionalism - they are experts in their field. Advantage shares our passion for newspapers, the content and making them accessible to people.””
Jane MillardLibrary Director Jefferson Public Library, Jefferson Iowa
“Advantage and everyone who works there deserves a huge THANK YOU for all your hard work and years of dedication to digitizing so many, many years of newspapers for so many locations around the United States. It’s nice to see Advantage getting credit for this ambitious endeavor.
And thank you, also, for the shout out to libraries and all the other funding resources we work with to be able to digitize our newspapers and provide this wonderful resource for our communities. Next time I have an opportunity to visit with all the local organizations that helped make our project possible, I will share this article and show them how many archives have been preserved thanks to working with Advantage. We’re so pleased to be part of a true success story!
I know there is always more work to do, and more mountains to climb, but I wanted to take a few minutes to show my gratitude, both as a librarian, and as a family historian. You guys all great!
Zack KucharskiExecutive Editor, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids Iowa
““Our archives are an important part of community history. They help us understand events in our community's history, help us understand contributions of generations past from a truly unique vantage point: as they were happening.
Making these archives accessible to the public is a great service to the community. But it also comes with costs. In time, portions of the archive need to be repaired because they are decaying from age. Finding resources to complete the repairs - before it is too late - is important. It's one of the reasons why we're supportive of Advantage's program to find additional partners to support this important work. We believe this approach is scalable and can lead to a comprehensive project for Iowans across the state. We're appreciative of Advantage's approach and understanding for the value of the archive and their willingness to work as true partners.”
What Has Matt Been Working On?
Luther’s Preus Library and Winneshiek County Historical Society awarded grant to digitize County newspapers
Contact Matt Today!
We work with libraries, state and local historical societies, newspaper publishers, genealogical societies, museums, and other institutions that value history as much as we do. Our model is to focus on partnerships that bring together the rights holder, the the libraries, and the schools and provide a means to involve other like minded individuals in their community to preserve and provide access to their local history
Our experienced preservationists take pride in the care applied to preparing, inspecting and filming newspapers that can range from a few months old to papers from 2 centuries ago, and everything in between. In addition to 35mm archival microfilming services, we also provide microfilm scanning, microfilm processing & duplication, microfiche scanning, as well as a custom online search platform for the hosting of digitized newspaper archives.