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Preserving Your Newspaper's Archive: ArchiveInABox Produces Millions of Scans from Bound Volumes

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Preserving Your Newspaper's Archive: ArchiveInABox Produces Millions of Scans from Bound Volumes

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Paper can fade and deteriorate, but the news printed on it can be preserved for many years to come, thanks to archiving company ArchiveInABox.

Founded in 2005, the newspaper archive scanning service is part of SmallTownPapers, Inc., based in Shelton, Wash. The company scans directly from printed newspaper pages, usually from the publisher's collection of bound volumes. According to president Paul Jeffko, many small-town publishers (particularly weeklies) operate on a fight budget, and very few have their archives recorded on microfilm.

"What drew me to it was that no one else was offering these services," he said. "We're working with heavy, old, frail bound volumes--difficult material--and I was up for the challenge."

ArchiveInABox delivers an industrial shipping box to publishers, who pack up their bound volumes in the container. The company helps publishers decide what to scan and how to securely pack their shipment. Then, the container is shipped to the scan center, where the intact bound volumes are scanned using non-destructive methods. High-quality graysale or color scans are produced. The bound volumes are returned to the publisher along with digital copies of the scans on a portable hard drive. …

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