…we created a team that ultimately created digital access to important Holocaust diaspora archives for scholars and individuals around the world.

- Fran O’Donnell, Curator of Manuscripts and Archives, Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Digitizing the Rare and Fragile

Crowley Imaging’s Archival Preservation Scanning

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Scanning and Digitizing the Rare and Fragile

Photo credit: Jacques Seligmann & Co. Records/From the collections of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Since its inception, Crowley Imaging has worked diligently and successfully to earn the respect of renowned archivists and institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress, while helping to bring a collection to light electronically or preserving it through microfilm processing or duplication. Crowley professionals have honed the skills needed to carefully transport, catalog, digitize/process and return countless rare and valuable collections large and small, public and private. Benefits of Crowley archival preservation services include:

  • A reputation for delivering high quality images on time and on budget while maintaining the integrity of the original material
  • Experience in managing fragile, rare and one-of-a kind materials including: loose papers; bound books, records and newspapers; maps and drawings; and large-format materials
  • The ability to duplicate – and in some cases restore – decaying microfilm
  • The ability to provide digital files in the format best suited for the desired end-use of the collection’s electronic images
  • Having the largest number of premier planetary book scanning equipment in one setting, offering the highest dpi available, the non-destruction of book bindings and the ability to efficiently digitize large volumes of work
  • The ability to mobilize a scanning operation on-site if the materials may not leave their permanent location
  • Adherence to all contract standards (as a minimum)
  • The ability to self-transport a collection from point-to-point or the experience to work with third-party carriers such as professional art movers, storage facilities and commercial carriers
  • A dedicated manifest system that allows for strong communication between client and service bureau regarding the condition of materials received and the constant tracking of materials

System Implementation

The Crowley programming staff has proven experience in managing data conversions, and a high level of expertise in archive scanners. This expertise allows for final output integration into the wide array of document management solutions on the market today or into a custom solution engineered for a specific business application. Whether the needs are internal, external or for web distribution, Crowley Imaging has the capabilities to provide the needed solution to integrate digitized images into a workflow.