Microfilm Scanning

Converting your microfilm collection into a searchable digital archive protects your documents, frees up storage space, and saves countless hours of research time.

Digitizing your microfilm is an important step in preserving the precious documents and history contained in your collection. Contrary to the old adage, film is not forever. If you have important or historically significant documents that exist only on microfilm, you should act to protect them before those documents are lost forever. Problems that can damage your documents have been identified with every type of microfilm.  Click here to learn more about issues that could be endangering your microfilm collection.

ADM Digital Archiving

AMERICAN DIGITAL MEMORIES is dedicated to protecting your history. We offer affordable preservation packages that include a remarkable number of features. Other companies charge double their rates or even more to perform the array of additional services that we include absolutely free when we scan your microfilm. We provide so many extras at no charge because we want to do more than just keep your costs low. We want to transform your collection into an easy-to-use, high-quality research tool. A digital archive from AMERICAN DIGITAL MEMORIES is a wonderful way to make your piece of history accessible without compromising the integrity of your collection. See below all the features you get standard with our basic digitization service.

American Digital Memories scans your microfilm in a rich greyscale that provides a high-quality image with much greater depth and tone than black-and-white. Our basic pricing covers scanning at a publisher-quality resolution of 400dpi.

American Digital Memories digitizes your collection into two formats. The first copy is a tagged image file format (TIFF), ideal for permanent archiving of your documents. Store this copy in a secure location, and your documents will always be protected. We also advance your images to a user-friendly searchable PDF format that is ideal for research purposes, our gift to you when we digitize your collection. We offer both the archival copy and the research copy for one low price.

American Digital Memories employs a rigorous quality assurance protocol to ensure that every document scans properly and that your images are as clear as those on the microfilm. We split dual- and multi-page images into individual documents for accurate numbering and indexing. We also rotate every image to an upright position. Believe it or not, many companies charge extra even for this simple service. We adjust the skew of the images so your documents are straight, and we reframe every image for quality presentation. We include these services at no cost to you because quality is as important to us as preservation.

Our standard optimization service enhances the viewing quality of your documents. We adjust the focus, brightness, and contrast for each reel to ensure your documents are clear, crisp, and sharp.  Many customers find that their digital documents are much cleaner and clearer than the microfilm images. This is just another service that American Digital Memories includes at no cost.

Navigating your digital collection is quick and simple. We include our standard indexing services at no cost. We sort, label, and index your images by reel for easy browsing. With our turnkey service, there is no need to presort. American Digital Memories does the work for you at no extra charge.

After your collection is indexed, we run the images through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) so the computer can recognize the text within the scanned documents. This allows you to search the contents of your microfilm by typing key words or phrases. Imagine the hours of research you will save when you can type a single word and instantly navigate to it on the reel. No more scrolling through the reel to find what you need. Most companies charge double their rates or even more to make your documents searchable, but American Digital Memories includes this service absolutely free.

American Digital Memories will provide a storage medium for your searchable PDFs at no cost to you. We burn your searchable PDFs to DVDs labeled for your convenience. Most companies charge by the DVD for storage, but we include them absolutely free. For qualifying customers with large collections, we will upgrade you to a portable 1 terabyte hard drive at no extra cost.

Even with all of these features added, our per image digitization rate is still lower than many of our competitors charge just for simple scanning. American Digital Memories has the resources to craft quality digital products at prices other companies just can’t touch. When you weigh in all of the features we include absolutely free, there is simply no competition. And, of course, it all comes with our amazing customer service.