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At Advantage, we fully recognize that the history recorded in the historical documents, photos, maps, and the pages of a community’s newspaper are invaluable. They put historical events in perspective, allowing us to view those events through the lens of someone who was there to witness “history as it happened.” It also allows us to connect to our past in a real and tangible way.  

What is A Community History Archive?

The Community History Archives serve as a practical means to explore and discover content that was not easily accessible before. Utilizing the Community History Archive as a research tool allows for information such as birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, advertisements, cartoons and news coverage to provide a glimpse of the past viewing it through a lens of time and place. 

The Community History Archive is a user friendly search platform that opens a portal to a community's past. We focused on making it as simple as possible, so that everyone…from students to grandparents (and everyone in between) can browse, search, view, clip and share articles, headlines, pages, and stories recorded in the pages of the community newspaper.

How Does It Work?

Our model is to focus on partnerships that bring together the rights holder, the the libraries, and the schools and provide a means to involve other like minded individuals in their community. Together we share in the responsibility of preserving and providing access to their local history. The digital availability of a publication is always at the discretion of the newspaper publisher or the right’s holder, and we work directly with them as to how and where their content can be viewed. We believe strongly in the newspaper publisher’s rights regarding their intellectual property. Although works published prior to 1924 are in the public domain, we try to work with the library or institution to ensure the publisher is aware of its use. We want and need the community publisher’s full support when building a Community History Archive.

About Advantage Archives

We a partner with libraries, state and local historical societies, newspaper publishers, genealogical societies, museums, schools, colleges, and other institutions, to help them build and maintain an online archive that is accessible to the community.

These Community History Archives are designed to provide a our partners with a valuable resource, free from the burden of ongoing costs associated with hosting, storage, bandwidth, IT resources, software licensing, design, and development, that often make projects like this cost prohibitive.

How can I help?

Contact your local library, library foundation, friends of the library program, or other local donation network and ask them how you can be apart of preserving YOUR community history. If your community already has its own History Archive, then consider this unique way to support the effort...shop.

Every purchase from HistoryIsEverything.com directly supports the the efforts to keep these archives available at no cost, easily accessible, and sustainable for years to come.