Magnificent scans! Really beautiful. The early volumes with illustrations are just perfect. Magic.

William Rubel, Trustee, Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery

Client Studies

Real-world Digitization Projects
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client collaboration on digitization“The proof is in the pudding.” This early 14th century adage still rings true and on this page, Crowley clients do the talking. From religion to politics, universities to governments, Presidents to Holocaust survivors, paper to glass plates and so much more, the archival and business applications using Crowley digitization services, scanners and other capture hardware and software is as diverse as the media types captured.

The following case studies, quick studies and blog posts represent a wide sampling of Crowley clientele.

Digitization Services Case Studies

23,400+ Miles of Microfilm: Crowley Scans Social Security Records

Project: Microfilm digitization of social security forms and documents
Primary media: Acetate- and polyester-based film reels, including microfilm deteriorating from vinegar syndrome
Volume: 1.2 million reels of microfilm averaging three billion images processed in two years

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Microfilm Digitization Project Enhances Primerica Efficiency, Customer Service

Project: Microfilm backfile digitization while accommodating real-time record pulls
Primary media: 16mm, 215′ rolls of microfilm
Volume: 60,000+ rolls averaging 12,500,000 images processed weekly

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Archival Digitization of 40 Million Cards

Project: Digitization of paper documents of varying age, size and density
Primary media: Archival documents and cards dating from 1800’s
Volume: 40 million documents in less than four years

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George Washington and Franklin Delano
Roosevelt Presidential Libraries

Projects: Digitization of historic Presidential records for preservation and online access
Primary media: Microfilm; Bound volumes
Volume: 350,000+ images

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Harvard Divinity School
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Project: Digitized Records of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Primary media: Documents (handwritten, onion-skin, printed); photographs
Volume: Approximately 300,000 images

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Time Inc.

Project: LIFE Photo Archive
Primary media: Photographic negatives
Volume: Approximately 10M images

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The Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Project: A combination of capture hardware and digitization services for various collections in the world’s largest repository of American art history
Primary media: Print, photographic and other media
Volume: 1.5M+ images

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The Carroll County (Md.) Public Library

Project: Digitization of the Carroll County Times newspaper (1933-2009) for hosting to an online archive
Primary media: Microfilm
Volume: 300,000+ images

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Digitization Product Case Studies

Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the History of
an Iconic American Leader

Client: The Papers of Abraham Lincoln
Scanner Purchase: (2) Zeutschel A2-sized overhead scanners
Primary media: Large amounts of historic mid-19th century bound and over-sized materials

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Archives of American Art

Client: Smithsonian Institution
Scanner Purchase: Multiple Mekel Technology and Zeutschel overhead book scanners
Primary media: 1.5M+ images from print, photographic and other media

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Uses UScan+ Technology

Client: The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Scanner purchase: UScan+ universal microfilm scanner
Primary media: BSO archives dating from 1881 including scrapbooks, letters, photos, programs and microfilm

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Corporate Archives of Major Food Producer

Client: A leading U.S. food producer
Scanner purchase: UScan+ universal microfilm scanner
Primary media: Engineering drawings and legacy documents from microfilm

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Danish Newspapers Travel the Globe without Leaving Home

Client: Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Scanner purchase: Mekel Technology MACH-series microfilm scanners/Quantum software
Primary media: 32+ million newspaper images from 35mm microfilm

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EDMS Installation Enhances State Engineers Office

Client: Wyoming State Engineers Office
Scanner purchase: Mekel Technology MACH-series microfilm, microfiche and aperture scanners; Zeutschel overhead book scanner; InoTec document scanner; Zeutschel OP-series archive writer
Primary media: Millions of engineering drawings and documents

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Hospital Records Flow with InoTec Efficiency

Client: St. Augustine Gelsenkirchen GmbH
Scanner purchase: Multiple InoTec 400-series document scanners
Primary media: Medical records, mail and x-rays

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National Archives Standards Impetus
for Zeutschel Book Scanner

Client: U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
Scanner purchase: Multiple Zeutschel, Mekel Technology and Wicks and Wilson scanners
Primary media: Government and cultural archives of still media

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One Man. One Machine. 26 Million+ Newspaper Images.

Client: Tom Tryniski
Scanner purchase: Wicks and Wilson 8850
Primary media: Microfilmed newspapers

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Royal Library Newspaper Digitization

Client: Royal Library of the Netherlands in The Hague
Scanner purchase: Zeutschel OS 14000 overhead book scanners
Primary media: 8M newspaper pages spanning 400 years

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Tech Roots Blog: Image Processing Pipeline

Scanner Purchase: Multiple Crowley, InoTec and Mekel Technology brand scanners
Primary media: This blog series deals specifically with microfilm production scanning

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University Library Patron Services Enhanced with Book Scanners

Client: University Library of Regensburg
Scanner Purchase: (16) Zeutschel zeta comfort patron book scanners
Primary media: Scanning of books and other bound and flat library resources

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Client: A North Carolina University
Scanner Purchase: (7) Zeutschel zeta comfort patron book scanners
Primary media: Scanning of books and other bound and flat library resources

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Quick Studies

Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books

Project: Rare works collection (friedberg/Ryzman)
Primary media: Bound Books
Volume: Approximately 1M images

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Daughters of the American Revolution

Project: Digitization of membership records
Primary media: Bound-book, loose sheet and microfiche
Volume: 1.2M images

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Maryland Historical Society

Project: The Hilgenberg Archive
Primary media: Bound-book and loose sheet newspapers and 35mm microfilm
Volume: Approximately 50,000 pages/images

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Chancery Records Index

Project: Converting historical content from the 19 localities in Virginia to include Chancery Cases and related documentation.
Primary Media: Court papers
Volume: 3M+ images

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SmallTownPapers, Inc.

Project: Digitize a portion of archives dating back more than 80 years.
Primary Media: Bound-books
Volume: More than 2M pages

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Blog Posts

We invite you to scroll through the blog posts below to learn about the wide range of digitization services, scanners and education that Crowley offers as part of the imaging community.

If you’re specifically seeking digitization product posts, click here; for digitization services posts, click here.