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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 in-house bindery.

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 manager.

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 http://www.doorcountynewspapers.org/.

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 from Stars 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
The Baha’i 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). http://www.library.yale.edu/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 through 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 the 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 California libraries.

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