SmallTownPapers Offers Online Archiving

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By: E&P Staff

Seattle-based SmallTownPapers Inc. offers a solution for publishers seeking to provide digital access to their printed archives without the content being exploited. The company works with more than 300 publishers across the country to create searchable digital images of their newspaper pages, which are distributed online through defined partnerships. To date it has scanned more than two million newspaper pages of its 20-million-page archive.

“With this program, millions of newspaper pages are being viewed and searched online for the first time,” SmallTownPapers founder and President Paul Jeffko said in a statement, adding cost often has prohibited small papers from having electronic archives.

With editions dating back to the 1800s, SmallTownPapers’ archive is available online through a distribution partnership with World Vital Records Inc., which operates a genealogy-based research Web site. More than a million pages in the archive are available, with 100,000 added to World Vital Records’ site each month.

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