WORTHY OF NOTE
August 2015 - Northern Micrographics
is pleased to announce a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society that
will allow free online access to the Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922).
The content was first made available by the Minnesota State Library Services through
the subscription site ProQuest. When the Minnesota State Library Services’ contract
with ProQuest expired in 2014, the digital collection was transferred to the Minnesota
Historical Society, which oversaw the process of providing access to these newspapers
utilizing a new system. Northern Micrographics worked closely with the Minnesota
Historical Society to ensure the digital content and metadata transferred into the
ResCarta data format. The searchable digital content is currently hosted by Northern
Micrographics using a program called ProSeek®. Please visit http://www.mnhs.org/newspapers
to learn more about this project and gain access to this free online database.
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Diocese of Pittsburgh
Since 2014, Northern Micrographics has provided scanning and binding services for
the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Diocese has provided a number of baptismal, confirmation,
marriage and death registers (1841-1999) from a variety of parishes for preservation.
Northern Micrographics scanned each page of these brittle registers as bitone at
600dpi and created G4 compressed TIFF files. A new print was created from the digital
files for each register and bound at the Northern Micrographics in-house bindery.
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
The Saint Joseph Catholic Church asked Northern Micrographics to help them digitally
preserve their collection of baptismal, marriage and death registers. This collection
of 14 registers was disbound by hand in preparation for scanning. All pages were
scanned as bitone at 600dpi and saved as a G4 compressed TIFF file. A new print
was created from the digital files for each register and bound at the Northern Micrographics
in-house bindery. The original registers were also rebound.
Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul
Since 2012, Northern Micrographics has provided scanning and binding services for
the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Archdiocese provided a number of
death and marriage registers (1894-1993) from parishes around the state of Minnesota.
All registers were contained on 35mm microfilm. Northern Micrographics scanned each
reel as bitone at 400dpi and saved the resulting file as a G4 compressed TIFF. A
multi-page PDF Image Only file was created for each register. A new print was created
from the digital files for some of the registers and bound at the Northern Micrographics
Northern Micrographics has also created 35mm microfilm master negatives for various
church directories. All registers remained bound for this process. One 35mm positive
duplicate are created from each master
April 2014 – Northern Micrographics Awarded Newspaper
Microfilming Contract from the State Historical Society of Missouri
The State Historical Society of Missouri has awarded Northern Micrographics a contract
to microfilm various Missouri newspapers from 2000-2006. The project will total
approximately 300,000 pages when completed. Northern Micrographics will film disbound
paper copies of the newspapers and create duplicates of each reel. It’s estimated
that 753 reels of microfilmed newspapers will be delivered to the Historical Society
upon completion of the project.
September 2013—Northern Micrographics Awarded Newspaper
Microfilming Contract from the State of Vermont
The State of Vermont, after sending out a competitive RFP, has awarded Northern
Micrographics (NM) a one year contract, renewable for up to three years, to microfilm Vermont newspapers. The project will be completed
over the course of four phases for a total of approximately 500,000 pages. NM will
film disbound paper copies of the newspapers and create duplicates of each reel.
It’s estimated that 260 reels of microfilmed newspapers will be delivered to the
State of Vermont upon completion of the project.
September 2013- De Paul University Works with Northern
Micrographics to Microfilm and Digitize its Student Newspapers
Northern Micrographics (NM) continues its work with DePaul University, Chicago,
to microfilm and digitize the university’s student newspapers, the DePaulia
and the Alethia. The project requires that the newspapers be microfilmed
and digitized from the original paper materials. However, in some cases, the original
newspapers are too fragile to be handled more than once. In these cases, the newspapers
are microfilmed and then digital copies are scanned from the newly-created microfilm.
The digital images are scanned according to the ResCarta data standard. These files
are then modified by NM to prepare for ingestion into DePaul’s digital collection
June 2013 – Museum of Danish America Works with Northern
Micrographics to Microfilm and Digitize its Awarded Danish-American Newspapers
The Museum of Danish American has partnered with Northern Micrographics to microfilm
and digitize a collection of Danish-American newspapers from the late 1800s to the
present. The project will total approximately 160,000 pages when completed. Northern
Micrographics will film disbound paper copies of the newspapers. All newspaper pages
will be scanned to TIFF image and then made available for online searching. The
searchable online database will be hosted by Northern Micrographics.
June, 2013 – General Mills Sends Microfiche to Northern
Micrographics for Digitizing
During the next six months, Northern Micrographics (NM) will digitize 10,000 microfiche
for General Mills (GM). The fiche contain corporate history documents including
news releases, newspaper clips, recipes, speeches and other writings that help tell
the history of General Mills. Once digitized, the images will be OCRed so they can
be searched on General Mills internal network. This project follows a smaller project
in which NM digitized 1,250 microfiche for General Mills, delivering 28,000 searchable
images to the company.
May 22, 2013 – Northern Micrographics to undertake first
stage of San Pedro News Pilot Newspaper Digitization Project
After a competitive bidding process, Northern Micrographics has been selected by
the Los Angeles Harbor Department and the California Digital Newspaper Collection
(CDNC) to scan 200 reels of the historic San Pedro News Pilot Newspaper. Northern
Micrographics will deliver approximately 115,000 grayscale images, covering the
years 1906-1950, to the Los Angeles Harbor Department and the CDNC for future processing.
April 2013 Digital Collections of Northern Micrographics
Customers in the News
Two Northern Micrographics (NM) customers, Door County Public Library in Wisconsin
and Hennepin County Library in Minnesota, have recently been highlighted in various
newspapers for their digital collections.
Door County Public Library worked
with Northern Micrographics to digitize local newspapers and this work has been
discussed in the
Door County Daily News.com, the
Door County Advocate.com. The newspapers themselves
can be viewed at
Hennepin County Public Library worked with Northern Micrographics to digitize city
directories and now NM hosts this collection. The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an
article about this collection, encouraging people to “peek into the city’s
past.” The city directories themselves can be viewed and searched here.
January 2, 2013- Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Awards Microfilming Contract to Northern Micrographics
Northern Micrographics (NM) was awarded a contract from the Archdiocese of St. Paul
and Minneapolis to microfilm bound parish registers. One of the difficulties of
the project is that some of the registers have tight gutter margins, but NM’s experience
in using a cradle to microfilm these books will help to mitigate against this problem.
It’s expected that 3 – 4 reels of the registers will be shipped on a regular basis
to the offices of the Archdiocese. The project will be ongoing while the Archdiocese
gathers registers from its parishes for this project.
January 2012 Stars and Stripes Awards Microfilming Contract
to Northern Micrographics
Northern Micrographics (NM) was awarded a one year, renewable to five year, contract
and Stripes, the U. S. military’s independent news source, to microfilm
approximately 20,000 pages of the newspaper. The newspapers will be shipped from
Washington, DC to NM’s La Crosse, Wisconsin facilities. Preservation microfilming
processes will be followed and NM will deliver both a master copy and a positive
access dupe to Stars and Stripes.
January 2012 The Baha’i National Center chooses Northern
Micrographics to Microfilm Newsletters
National Center in Evanston, Illinois, will work with Northern Micrographics
(NM), La Crosse, Wisconsin, to microfilm its newsletters. Northern Micrographics
will follow preservation microfilm processes and deliver to the Center a master
copy as well as two silver negative dupes and 1 positive dupe.
Prior to this project, Northern Micrographics, in 2011, had microfilmed newspapers
for the Center, again providing one master and three duped copies of the microfilm.
September 2011: University of Illinois Awards Second
Contract to Northern Micrographics for Fragile Newspaper Microfilming
Northern Micrographics (NM) will continue to microfilm fragile newspapers for the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) this fall in support of the university’s
participation in the United States Newspaper Program. Using preservation microfilming
processes, NM will prepare the material for filming, create 35 mm microfilm masters
as well as print masters and a service copy for each microfilm reel.
The one-year contract, renewable for 3 one-year periods, is scheduled to be completed
by June 30, 2012.
August 2011 Northern Micrographics Awarded Contract
to Digitize Images for the Minneapolis City Directory Digitization Project
Hennepin County Library awarded Northern Micrographics (NM) a year-long contract
to digitize the 1859 through 1892 Minneapolis City directories. The Library will
ship approximately 15,000 images to NM’s La Crosse, Wisconsin production facility
where NM will create archival TIFF images as well as JPEG derivatives conforming
to Minnesota Digital Library standards. Additionally, NM will OCR the imagery and
create files complying to the ResCarta data format. These searchable images will
then be hosted by NM through its hosting service. NM will also provide acid-free
paper reprints of the scanned directories.
June 2010: Northern Micrographics Completes Image Scanning
Project for Auburn University
In December, 2009, the Auburn University Library awarded Northern Micrographics
a contract to film and digitize approximately 56,000 images from agriculture-related
publications including annual reports, research reports, regional bulletins and
departmental series. The source materials, ranging from glossy color pages to black
and white text, were shipped to NM’s La Crosse headquarters in January of 2010.
There, the materials were filmed and digitized following Auburn’s specifications.
In June, 2010, 96 microfilm reels (48 masters, 48 duplicates) as well as the archival
tiffs and multipage, searchable PDFs were delivered to Auburn. Auburn plans to make
the PDFs available online for use by researchers and students.
January 2010: Northern Micrographics Awarded Contract
from Yale University Library to Scan Arabic/English Newspaper Microfilm
Yale University Library has awarded Northern Micrographics a grant-funded
contract to digitize 40 reels of the gazette and supplemental volumes from British
Mandate Palestine from 1919 – 1948. This project is part of Yale University’s
Gateway to Gazettes Project, http://www.library.yale.edu/g2g/ with the searchable digital
images to be deposited in the Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library (AMEEL).
NM will scan the 40 reels to TIFFs, using Yale’s metadata specifications, and deliver
the TIFFs for further processing by Yale to create derivatives for online access.
December 2009: Northern Micrographics receives contract Northern Micrographics
(NM) received a contract from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to scan newspapers
for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) from negative microfilm to TIFF,
PDF, JPEG2000 files and also provide optical character resolution (OCR) output and
related metadata for these files. The project will meet NDNP standards and specifications.
The project calls for scanning 100,000 newspaper pages, including images from Ojibwe
newspapers, an African American newspaper, and four city newspapers from greater
Minnesota. Additionally, issues from several years of the Daily Globe and Minneapolis
Journal will be digitized. The microfilm will be sent to NM’s La Crosse headquarters,
where it will be scanned during the course of this project.
Northern Micrographics was also selected for an NDNP project of 12,000 pages in
August 2009 for digitization of two years of the Minneapolis Journal.
Once scanned and OCRed, the material will be full-text searchable and accessible
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a website developed and
hosted by the Library of Congress.
September 2009: FEDLINK Awards Northern Micrographics
Reformatting Contract for the Bruce C. Clarke Library at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has awarded a contract to
Northern Micrographics to provide reformatting services to the Bruce C. Clarke Library
at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
The library supports information needs of the three schools that make up the Maneuver
Support Center Directorate of Training (MDoT), as well as other training activities
on Fort Leonard Wood, and tenant units providing various services to the installation's
military community. To continue to meet these needs successfully, the library will
work with Northern Micrographics to digitize several crucial and rare collections
including newspapers, rare books, unit histories, and military documents.
The full project will encompass the digitizing and OCRing of more than 28,000 pages.
Depending on the source material, NM will scan bound and disbound materials as grayscale
and color images, providing OCRing for both English and French text. The Library
will receive archival TIFFs, derivative PDFs as well as the OCR text files on DVDs.
January 2009 Northern Micrographics to Digitize Macbeth
Gallery Art Pamphlets
Two art libraries, the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
and the Frick Art Reference Library, have combined their unique collections of Macbeth
Gallery checklists and pamphlets for digitizing by Northern Micrographics.
The Macbeth Gallery was the first New York gallery to specialize in American art,
exhibiting work from many American masters, including Winslow Homer, Charles H.
Davis, and Andrew Wyeth. The checklists and pamphlets of this important gallery
are frequently used by art historians and other researchers but are rapidly deteriorating.
Digitizing these materials was seen as the proper way to preserve the originals
and open access to their information.
Northern Micrographics digitized the combined collection of more than 450 unique
items published between 1895 and 1953. Once scanned, the images went through post
processing that created access images in both JPEG and PDF Image + Text format.
Both libraries have added these images to their online digital libraries where people
from across the globe can access the information as they research and learn about
the Macbeth Gallery and early 20th century American art. View the collections at
Thomas J. Watson Library and the
Frick Art Reference Library.
November 2008: FEDLINK Awards Northern Micrographics
Reformatting Contract for the Fort Huachuca Museum The Federal Library
and Information Network (FEDLINK) has awarded a contract to Northern Micrographics
to provide reformatting services to the Fort Huachuca Museum in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.
In the museum’s continuing effort to provide research materials, the 1954 through
2002 issues of The Ft. Huachuca Scout, the command’s weekly newspaper will
be digitized. The source material, both 35mm roll film and aperture cards, will
be scanned as grayscale images. Output will consist of archival TIFF images and
searchable PDF files for access. In addition, the aperture cards will be converted
to 35mm roll film with the output consisting of a master negative, print master
and service copy.
October 2008: The Califa Group and Northern Micrographics Begin the Fourth Year
of Partnership October 2008 marks the beginning of the fourth year of
the partnership between The Califa Library Group and Northern Micrographics as they
work together to help California libraries digitize images for the Local History
Digital Resources Project.
Throughout this multi-year partnership, California libraries have submitted books,
scrapbooks, political buttons, photographs, negatives, and other source material
to the La Crosse, Wisconsin facility. More than 9,000 images submitted by more than
46 California libraries have been scanned to high resolution master images. Additionally,
Northern Micrographics develops technical metadata and creates derivative images
for the web and other access points.
The LHDRP is a multi-year pilot project to explore a model to aggregate, preserve,
and provide permanent public access to local history digital resources via a statewide
online access point. The LHDRP is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum
and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology
Act through the California State Library. The Califa Library Group (www.califa.org) is a membership-based
service bureau designed to provide member-enhanced, value-added services to all
October 2008: Northern Micrographics receives FEDLINK
award for digitization and microfilming services Northern Micrographics
has been awarded a contract from the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK)
to provide digitization and microfilming services for the Combined Arms Research
Library (CARL) in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. The material CARL has identified for
reformatting consists of military manuals and curriculum materials from the U.S.
Army Command and General Staff College.
Northern Micrographics will produce microfilm only for one third of the collection
but will produce both film and digital files for the balance. The material will
be reformatted to 105mm film which will undergo polysulfide treatment to extend
its archival life and masters will be stored in Northern Micrographics ANSI-standard
vault for safe keeping.
Digital reformatting will consist of producing an archival TIFF format file in either
bi-tone or grayscale. Post processing will include despeckling, deskewing, cropping
and OCR conversion to a searchable PDF format.
September 2008 Sulzer Regional Library Relies on Northern
Micrographics for Digitizing Historic Photos For over a year, Sulzer
Regional Library, a branch of the Chicago Public Library System, has contracted
with Northern Micrographics to scan historic photos of the Ravenswood/Lake View
neighborhood of Chicago. These photos are a growing collection of photos from the
19th and 20th centuries. The photographs portray houses, churches,
public buildings, families, clubs, amusement parks, street scenes, and more.
Currently working on the sixth shipment of these photos, NM creates grayscale, 600
dpi archival TIFFs as well as derivatives for Sulzer. Staff at Sulzer then mount
these photos as part of the Chicago Public Library Digital Collection: http://digital.chipublib.org/index.php