Preserving the Past,

Ensuring Its Future

We want to ensure the “first rough draft of history” is not only preserved for future generations, but also widely accessible today.

We take great pride in preserving history and the quality of our content preservation services. Our processes align to ANSI/AIIM standards for archival microfilming, as well as specifications developed by the Research Libraries Group (RLG) & by the Library of Congress. This requires stringent adherence to our internal guidelines regarding the careful production & examination of all archival microfilm, in addition to well controlled storage & handling conditions, protecting history recorded by those who witnessed it.

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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. Preserving the past, ensuring its future

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We work with libraries, state and local historical societies, newspaper publishers, genealogical societies, museums, schools, colleges, 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. Together we share in the responsibility of preserving and providing access to their local history. By the community, for the community.

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Don't Just Take Our Word For It...

“There are so many issues that affect paper – we have records that are literally decomposing as they sit on shelves from non-controlled climate issues, insects & rodents, adhesive tape, labels, and rusting staples – so we microfilmed all paper records. There are also issues with microfilm & microfiche – aging of film so it yellows or breaks, lack of equipment with which to VIEW the film/fiche, the rows/sleeves of fiche split & the images fall out and are lost – so we chose to convert our microfiche/film items to digital. The Registrar’s Office feels confident with our choice in keeping with technology – going digital – and with our selection of Advantage to process our conversions.”

Sarah N.M. HarrisSenior Associate Registrar, University of Iowa

“I want to tell you how excited we are with our digitization of our old newspapers. With trepidation we sent you all 42 reels of microfilm. They were returned safely and now we have this wonderful searchable database. We can search so many ways, and the best part is, with the link on our homepage, our newspapers, dating back to 1850, are available from anywhere in the world! Now when someone in Michigan wants genealogy help, they are but a click away. Thank you thank you thank you. Progress is great!”

Sue AyersDirector, Clyde-Savannah Public Library NY

“Our library contracted Advantage to digitize about 90 rolls of microfilm that contained our parish newspaper, police jury minutes and census reports. We now have this material on a website that is linked to our library website making it available not only in our libraries, but worldwide. We love it. ”

Bienville Parish Library

“Larry Eckhardt from Advantage Companies was a huge help when our library embarked upon our first digital project. We were unfamiliar with the digital process, but Mr. Eckhardt walked us through every step. He was always available to answer any question and prompt to reply. We plan on doing more business with the Advantage Company because of Mr. Eckhardt’s quality service. We are also very happy with the quality of the digital images produced by the Advantage Company.”

Kate LewisLibrary Director, Carnegie Public Library

“ We are so pleased with our digitized newspapers from Advantage Companies. The Advantage staff were great to work with, always courteous, very knowledgeable, and above-and-beyond helpful! ”

Patti SmithLibrary Director, Brimfield Library

“Larry, we are so pleased with the digitalization and search capabilities that Advantage has provided for The Hennessey Clipper. The website is a particular plus because it allows our patrons access in their own homes, and some of our patrons are researching from locations all across the United States. Advantage has made it possible for us to be 24/7 with our digital archives and has resulted in donations for additional electronic files. Thank you so much!”

Mary HaneyLibrary Director, Hennessey Public Library

“Advantage did a perfect job of reproducing our newspapers on microfilm. The price was the best, the original papers were returned, and the microfilm was complete. Concordia Parish Library was very pleased with the service and look forward to using them in the future.”

Amanda TaylorDirector, Concordia Parish Library

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