How do you archive a newspaper?
October 11, 2006 7:06 PM   Subscribe

I am thinking of archiving a student newspaper which goes back nearly a century. However the money simply isn't there to go to a corporation to do it-- does anyone have any suggestions as to how to go about doing this in-house and on a tight budget?
posted by perpetualstroll to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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posted by SirStan at 7:16 PM on October 11, 2006

Is it a university newspaper? Is there an archives or special collections at the institution to which the papers could be entrusted? Or do you want to maintain them for your personal use, and not institutional/library use?
posted by librarina at 7:26 PM on October 11, 2006

Response by poster: Hi! Thanks for the response! I'm looking images of the documents with searchable full-text, I've seen something similar done through an Adobe PDF file, but I'm not sure of the process to get there.

It's a university newspaper in which the archives are maintained in the library. I want to digitize them so they are available on the internet.
posted by perpetualstroll at 7:44 PM on October 11, 2006

Not that I've done this myself, but have you considered
1) finding a department at or near your school that has students interested in archiving, library science, etc., who would get experience, connections, leadership, whatever, out of spearheading the initiative?
2) asking around at other universities that have done this, to find out how they got it done? I'm sure it's been done by many schools; the ones I really know have completely digitized and opened their archives are the MIT Tech and the (University of) Minnesota Daily. These both go back to before your grandparents were born, and the Daily is, indeed, daily. There's a lot of material in there, and someone will know how it got up...
posted by whatzit at 8:16 PM on October 11, 2006

If you're going to do this at all, you'll need the support of the archivists in your school library. Go brainstorm with them - they will be an amazing resource. Instead of doing this on the supercheap, they can direct you to how to apply for funding/grants to make something like this happen and be done on a large scale. This will be a more time consuming project than you think, and if you get all your ducks in a row you might be able to get your university to hire you to do the grunt work. I admire your ambition - best of luck!
posted by enfa at 9:11 PM on October 11, 2006

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