Advantage Archives Is Partnering With Califa Members To Preserve And Provide Access To Local California History!
Advantage Archives forges meaningful partnerships with libraries across California to preserve and digitize local history in order to make it discoverable and easily accessible to anyone, anywhere. Advantage Archives is a Proud Member of Califa to achieve this goal.
Access to local primary sources allows the communities across California to understand and connect to their past in a meaningful way.
We provide our partners with solutions that help their communities connect with local history
Patrons that visit your institution will have a powerful tool that can save time by searching through your community’s history by name, date range, keywords, publication, or location…and not limited to a reel at a time or if a microfilm reader is occupied (or operational!).
Advantage Archives also offers a user-friendly digital solution to research your materials via our Community History Archives hosted solution.
Community History Archives
Connect your community to its past with a Community History Archive, an easy-to-use yet powerful digital search platform. Advantage Archives hosts these “portals to the past” at no cost to your institution, so you, in turn, can offer free access to your community.
These free-to-use digital archives provide practical access to local primary resources that are available to anyone, at any time, on any device, for free!
Digitization ensures that your photographs, negatives, or slides can be viewed anytime, anywhere, from any device, allowing you to relive those moments in the community through pictures of the people, places, and events that shaped your community!
These digital reproductions enable you to share those moments with others, while the original copy can be properly stored to preserve it and minimize handling.
Printed, handwritten, and even drawn content contained in the city, county, state, personal, and even business documents provide invaluable insight into the people, places, events, and accounts in a “snapshot of time”.
Once digitized, these records, writings, and documents can be made easily accessible in a Community History Archive or provided to you to be used in your institution’s existing access solution.
Digitization Of Bound Volumes
Books, journals, bound newspaper volumes, ledgers, scrapbooks, and other collated paper documents contain the accounts of the events, people, and places that shaped your community, state, and nation.
Digitizing these pages from the past minimizes the handling of the original materials and ensures that this important local history is never lost to fading, torn pages, broken bindings, or skin oils and other contaminants!
Yearbooks and annuals capture a snapshot in time, providing insight into the people of your community and the times in which they lived. Alumni, genealogists, or anyone that wants to look back on their “glory days” will have free access to those pages of their past.
Advantage Archives provides non-destructive scanning solutions and online digital access to these valuable pages of your community’s history.
Map And Atlas Digitization
Converting your maps, historical atlases, land records, plats, and more to a portable and easily searchable digital format, will improve efficiency by shortening research time spent searching for certain plots, locations, statistics, figures, and images.
Digitization limits the need to handle the original. These documents are often so large and on such thin paper that they are at risk each time they are unfolded.
We believe that the preservation of local history is a shared responsibility, and we are proud to partner with like-minded individuals. The only proven long-term preservation method for newspapers & documents is microfilming onto silver halide 35MM archival quality film.
This medium is stable and durable and has a life expectancy of over 500 years under the proper storage and handling conditions.
The document imaging services from the Advantage Information Management Solutions team go beyond the levels of a typical “service bureau.” We approach each project from the perspective of a partner with a mutually shared goal.
No other “scanning company” or large records management business cares as much as we do. It is why hundreds of communities trust us with their documents.
Let’s Schedule A Time To Talk
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Who We Are
We are Advantage Archives, a team of individuals that have come together with a shared goal:
To Preserve The Past, Make It Accessible In The Present, And Ensure It Has A Future!
We pursue this goal by forming partnerships with libraries in California, and across the nation, in order to provide their patrons with free digital access to their own local history via the Community History Archive online search platform. With a Community History Archive, you will create practical access to your community’s past. Being a member Organization of Califa has helped us serve libraries across California.
At Advantage Archives, we believe no one should have their OWN history locked away behind a paywall.
That is why we believe in creating the tools, models, and means for your institution to offer your community free access to your shared history.
Bring California’s Past Into The Present
Provide Free Access To Local California History With A Community History Archive
Advantage Archives is a Proud Member of Califa.
Advantage Archives partners with communities in California, and across the United States to archive & provide practical digital access to local historical content so that anyone, anywhere, can access it at any time, for free.
If you are Califa member that is affiliated with a California library, newspaper publisher, genealogical society, historical society, government agency, or educational institution, and are interested in seeing more of California’s local history online, let’s schedule a time to talk about creating a Community History Archive!
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Just provide us with a few details, and we will reach out to you to answer any questions you might have.