We work to digitize history to make it discoverable and easily accessible, allowing communities to understand and connect to their past in a meaningful way. Our Mission is the long-term preservation of the past as told by the individuals that witnessed it.
Our Team at Advantage Archives has years of experience in the business of preservation. Our team has what it takes to develop a long-term partnership and provide a quality preservation solution for your community. This isn’t our occupation; it is our passion.
We look forward to learning more about you, your organization, and your community, and look forward to exploring the possibilites of a partnership. Together we can preserve and provide access to your 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 Preservation offers a user-friendly digital solution to research your materials via our Community History Archives hosted solution.
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”.
Digitization Of Historical Books and Bound Volumes
Our advanced imaging equipment, innovative post-processing methodologies, and years of experience ensure that the content contained in your history books, journals, bound newspaper volumes, ledgers, scrapbooks, and other collated paper documents is never lost to age, deterioration, fading, ripped, and torn pages, broken bindings, or skin oils and other contaminants.
Digitizing yearbooks creates a portal to your community’s past! Alumni, genealogists, or anyone that is looking to relive their youth can search and browse the faces, names, and memories contained in the pages of your community’s school yearbooks.
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 and will enable you to share those moments with others.
Our purpose-built, high-resolution large format scanners and our sophisticated two-camera digital imaging systems allow us to capture your maps and other large-format documents, as well as historical atlases, land records, plats, or other bound volumes in a non-destructive manner, providing the best possible image quality.
Preserving our cultural heritage often falls to local communities and groups, with a small staff and even smaller budgets. Cities, counties, and community organizations collect records, vital statistics, and transactional data that, over the years, tells the story of an era.
The Advantage Archives team has been partnering with community libraries, library systems, historical societies, and other cultural institutions to preserve and provide practical digital access to their community’s printed history. We want to help your institution put history at the fingertips of anyone interested and connect the members of your community to their past in a very tangible and meaningful way.
Advantage Archives has been partnering with Government Agencies across the country. We can preserve and digitize all the documents housed within your organization. We know that many of these documents and books are extremely fragile, so we handle these documents with extreme care. Not only do our services ensure that these records never are damaged, but it also eases workflow, and allows you to publish certain records on your website for public access.
Advantage Archives is a proud partner of Museums and Cultural Intuitions across the country with a partnership. Our Mission is to preserve the past, making it Accessible today, ensuring it has a future. That is why we feel that our partnerships are so significant to each other.
Advantage Archives is proud partners with Genealogical Societies across the country. With a partnership between Advantage and your agency, we can bring forgotten stories back to life and viewable to the public. Together we can create a partnership that will allow someone to piece together their family tree.
Advantage Archives is proud to partner with Churches across the country. Churches have an abundance of essential records that must be preserved to last forever. At Advantage, we specialize in ensuring each of these documents live forever. No matter the document, it is crucial.
We work with educational institutions of all sizes, both public and private 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 organizations to provide digitization of school newspapers, yearbooks, programs, alumni records, and more, as well as digital access solutions.
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 not only the libraries and institutions in their community but to the community as a whole. It is your community, so we ensure it is accessible for all. The service will be done at no cost to our qualifying publishing partners.
Advantage Information Management System is dedicated to providing 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 listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your organizations and those you serve.
When you work with Advantage Archives, you get more than just a company, or a single person working with you, you get our whole Partnership Team. We believe it is important to work together to be the best possible partner. Doing so ensures that you’re getting the best of all of us, and in return, the best possible service. Whether it’s helping with your projects budget, organization, fundraising, branding, or anything else, we’ve got you covered. In order to help you get to know the team that helps you, we’re doing a Partnership Team spotlight. This weeks spotlight is on Larry Eckhardt!
How long have you been working at Advantage Archives?
I have been in the industry since 2005 and Joined Advantage Archives at its inception in 2010.
What is your favorite part of working at Advantage?
History is a passion of mine. Working with Libraries, Historical and Genealogical Societies in preserving their local history, while providing access to their communities is a big deal. Not only for me being able to assist them, but working with people who are passionate about these projects, and hearing the feedback that our partners receive from their Communities is awesome! Also, the local Library, History, and Genealogical Societies as a whole are a wonderful group of people to work with!
What is the most interesting piece of history you have seen?
Wow this is a tough question as you can imagine we see a lot of interesting pieces daily. If I had to choose one interesting item, it is that in one of the communities we partner with there is a group of local gentlemen that have an “old time” fantasy baseball league where they pick a random date in history and draft their Fantasy baseball players. Then use the Archives to check the box score for that day and tally their fantasy points for the day based on the historic games on those particular dates.
What is something you wish all libraries and cultural institutions knew about preserving history and making it freely accessible to their communities?
It’s difficult to pick one thing….. However, I think that when a institution does provide their history they are not only making it accessible to their communities, they are also reaching former members of their communities, and relatives to people from their communities so the reach of people that are interested in their communities history extends to not just their communities, their counties, their state, but the country and in some cases globally.
What are some hobbies you have or something outside of work that our partners should know about you?
Well, when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, so I feel my “work” is one of my Hobbies. However, I did start my career as a college football coach, and continued to coach High School football in my spare time while working in this field.
I have officially hung up my whistle, 4 years ago and have now picked up the hobbies of being a grandfather, and have become an advocate working with organizations that empower adults with disabilities in my spare time.
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