What Is and How to Participate in #ArchivesMonth?

We compiled this directory as a helpful primer on how to participate in the American Archives Month. To save on your photo archival project, ScanMyPhotos is waiving the $40 deposit fee. Details below.

hands 300x200 - Celebrate #FamilyHistoryMonth With 50% Off Photo ScanningThe National Archives is celebrating American Archives Month throughout October.

From The National Archives:

Join us on Twitter Wednesday, October 2, for #AskAnArchivist Day as staff from across the nation, including our Presidential Libraries, talk about what it’s like to be an archivist at the National Archives.


And on October 10, electronic records get their own day—use the hashtag #ERecsDay on Twitter to join the conversation.

Pieces of History has a collection of blog posts highlighting the work of our staff, along with some special videos. On Instagram, Archives staff will take over and share photos of their day and the fascinating records they come across.

The National Archives will also be hosting our annual virtual Genealogy Fair on October 23. Tune into YouTube as our experts discuss family history research in Federal records—and answer your questions in real-time.

IMG 2066 300x200 - What Is and How to Participate in #ArchivesMonth?Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists [SAA] is North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally.

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Abstract from the SAA website:

No matter what your budget is, you can enhance public awareness of your collections. Check out the following materials for ideas and practical tips about what you can do!

What Is An Archives?
Make this document available to young people who visit your repository. Or take it with you to distribute to students on your next career day visit.

Say What? Talking Points on the Value of Archives
Imagine yourself in an elevator with a friendly stranger who innocently inquires what you do for a living. You say with enthusiasm, “I’m an archivist!” The stranger gives you “that” blank look and you know she’s thinking, “Say what?”

Event Planning Guide
Read tips on how to organize your American Archives Month event, and see a sample media relations timeline.

How to Know If Something Is Newsworthy
If you’d like to pitch a news story or interview with a particular editor or reporter, it helps if you know why your story is newsworthy.

Creating and Maintaining Good Media Relations
You and your institution may already have developed relationships with one or more reporters as part of your repository’s outreach efforts. If so, American Archives Month is another opportunity to take advantage of your contacts.

5 Easy Steps for Ensuring Media Coverage
Take a crash course in media relations in five steps.

Tips for Media Interviews
So you’re going to be interviewed? See these tips for preparing for your interview and getting your point across.

Changing Channels: New Media
Use your institution’s online presence to engage your audience and encourage participation in your archives.

Archives and Young People
Tailor the “good word” about archives to a younger generation. They’re current and future users of archives, influencers of our culture, and they may even be future archivists.

A Dozen Ideas for Reaching Out to Your Community
Here are twelve specific ideas to kickstart your community outreach effort.

Tried and True: Outreach Ideas from Your Colleagues
Take a look at some examples of how other archives have celebrated the American record.

Lasting Impressions: Care and Management of Photographs
Whether you work in a repository that handles photos on a collection level or you’re sorting through some old family photos, here are some tips from the experts on the care and management of photographs.

How to Use Prized Items in Your Collection to Tell Your Story
People love a good story, so use that memorable document, photo, or artifact in your repository to present a compelling explanation of archives and archivists.

Measuring the Impact of Archives
How can we measure the impact of archives? The Georgia State Archives used the results of a simple survey to develop a profitable partnership with the state tourism agency.


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“A New Leaf”, TV Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

As a leading photo preservation company, ScanMyPhoto’s largest user segment is from genealogy and archivist customers. We are excited to share this new television program hosted by Daisy Fuentes. “A New Leaf” highlights the value of understanding your family history.

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From the Ancestry press release: Each week “A New Leaf” will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions.

 “A New Leaf” will be included in the Saturday NBC morning programming block, The More You Know, beginning October 5, 2019.  Please check your local listings.

You can read more in the Ancestry.com Blog at https://tinyurl.com/eogn190924b.

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Celebrate #FamilyHistoryMonth With 50% Off Photo Scanning

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Andrew Mellen, one of the country’s most sought-after professional organizers shares foolproof strategies for packing and moving in his new book: “The Most Organized Man in America’s Guide to Moving.”

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Whether you’re headed across the country or just across town, following this comprehensive, practical guide will help you walk into your new home less frazzled—and so much more organized—than you ever thought possible.

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A Primer on Tagging People in Pictures for Photo-Sharing Apps

Unlike anything we’ve seen since the convergence of digital photography, an historic threat is underway. It is causing the leading photo-sharing apps to be embroiled in, and under fire by tagging people in pictures. Facebook ‘faces’ an escalation in the multi-billion dollar class-action lawsuit over whether the photo-sharing social media app illegally violated users’ privacy by sharing pictures without explicit consent. 

As a 30-year technologist innovator and disruptor in the photo imaging industry, ScanMyPhotos champions the need for MORE data collection restrictions, algorithmic controls and auditing transparency requirements for Facebook on how it harvests photo data [“Why Not to Upload Pictures to Facebook]. But, in the case of photo-tagging, we stand with Facebook. 


ScanMyPhotos.com digitized more than 600 million pictures, many are uploaded to the popular photo-sharing sites

ScanMyPhotos.com supports the benefits and legitimacy of biometric image-recognition tools. This guest commentary in Adweek by ScanMyPhotos’ CEO, Mitch Goldstone explains in detail why this matters.

Storytelling cannot be accomplished without implementing photo-tagging, image recognition technology.  This technology is the lifeblood and centerpiece of sharing and tagging pictures.

Since the dawn of photography, analog photo tagging predated biometric facial-recognition.

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While the practice of “photobombing” has become a social and cultural phenomenon lately, the practice itself isn’t anything new. Since the advent of the camera, people have either intentionally tried to appear in someone else’s photos or have accidentally stumbled into the frame. Now, with biometric facial recognition (BFR) algorithms, companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook are able to identify these “photobombing” faces across the web—yet, this smart way to organize and share pictures is dredging up privacy concerns.

Peter Blumberg and Stephanie Bodoni at Bloomberg wrote: “Facebook Has a Long History of Resolving Privacy Claims on the Cheap.”

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That photo can then be shared across the internet—with the person’s name attached, and without their permission to share it,” said Mitch Goldstone, president & CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com.

Excerpt by the IQS Directory: Are We Really Okay With Facial Recognition?

  • When most people think ‘facial recognition,’ their minds probably drift to the latest iPhone security feature, which lets you unlock your phone by looking at it (and theoretically makes it impossible for anyone but you to unlock). But, facial recognition appeared long before it debuted on iPhones, and now its applications are much wider–and potentially more controversial.

Think back to the time you logged into Facebook and learned that it would now automatically ‘suggest’ tags in photos uploaded onto the social media website. It was an uncanny, giddy moment– “How does it know that’s so and so?!” And it did it consistently, quickly, and with scary accuracy.

The new-tech euphoria quickly wore off as you realized that, somewhere in Silicon Valley, there were developers, apps, and computers that could quickly scan a photo and determine exactly who was in it.

Many countries are already using deep data collection using facial recognition without the risk of litigation. Take the surveillance cameras sitting atop over 100,000 lampposts in Singapore to instantly recognize faces in crowds, or similar systems in place at casinos, yet privacy concerns abound.

While the privacy implications are concerning, there are also more incontrovertible benefits to this technology. The ability to detect a person’s image in the background of a photo could help historians make a number of connections. If, for example, an individual is researching his personal family ancestry, facial recognition could help him find photos of his great, great-grandmother smiling in a (seemingly) complete strangers’ photo.

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This (Sept 21, 2017) Chicago Tribune story by Ally Marotti, provides smart insights and an update on the litigation against Shutterfly. Excerpt:

That has been one of the most-watched suits taking on the biometrics issue. Three Illinois men allege Facebook was collecting, storing and using biometric data without consent. Facebook’s attempt to get the lawsuit dismissed was denied. Some say these types of lawsuits allege damage without evidence of actual harm.

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This is different from other uses of biometrics, such as iBeacon which uses smartphone transmissions to identify people and send them marketing messages. Tagging a person in a photograph should not be considered in violation of privacy rights. There is no malice or intent to harm anyone by identifying physical characteristics, but rather a fun and easy way to organize your lifetime of photo memories.

Yet, while we could argue both sides of the debate, there are several smart solutions that could be used to protect people’s privacy.

5 Solutions to the Photo-Tagging Controversy

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1) When collecting and retaining biometric identifiers, people should have an easy way to opt-out. A simple one-touch button should be accessible on every electrically stored picture to permanently and universally remove and untag your images if identified within that photograph.

2) Strengthen the terms of service and privacy policy and transfer any obligation to those uploading pictures rather than the utility hosting them.

3) Have a manual, rather than automatic opt-in/opt-out enrollment policy for people to easily select using a facial-recognition program.

4) Prohibit the trading, selling or profiting from any biometric information that violates Terms of Service privacy provisions.

5) From the new class-action litigation regarding photo-tagging, Facebook and others must provide an option for free data wiping to resolve this photo tagging issue.

While we are advocates of biometrics and the capabilities it has to offer—particularly in terms of photo organization and history preservation—we are opening up the dialogue so others can voice their support as well.

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It is nearly magic as we can digitize more than 300,000 each day. Here is how our banks of professional photo digitizing equipment scans your photos from our Irvine, Calif headquarters. Click to watch.

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Instructions For Professional Pay Per Photo Scanning

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This new service is now the centerpiece of our latest photo imaging innovation. And we have had many over the past 30 years. This link transports you to some of the feature news stories and reviews on how we do our magic to have digitized 600 million images. But, no order is more important than yours.

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How to Donate to The National Photo Preservation Project

Please join us to help preserve our nation’s photo treasures. Purchase online e-Gift certificates in denominations from $25 – $10,000 from ScanMyPhotos. Donate to your favorite archivist organization to help preserve their generations of photo imaging memories 

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Why and how you can help: Order ScanMyPhotos online e-gift certificates to forward and donate to your local library, historical society, university, and other photo archivists to support their photo digitization projects.


Buy ScanMyPhotos e-Gift Certificates Today to Share and Donate. The organizations can then redeem the e-Gift certificates to help fund their digitization projects.

Join our nationwide initiative campaign to support and make a gift donation today to your local library, university, historical society, and others to help preserve their photo archives.

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While we have become good at helping to preserve your family’s history, now we are breaching out to local libraries, historical societies and cities across the nation to help preserve their photo archives too. But, we need your help.


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Please share this link with others to inspire many to also get involved to help digitally preserve nostalgic Americana history.


Follow along. We have compiled this below list of national news profiles for many digitization projects to reveal how they are helping to preserve our nation’s history.

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How to Digitize APS Film For $7.95

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It was marketed by a consortium of photography companies, including Eastman Kodak under the brand name Advantix, FujiFilm as Nexia, Agfa under the name Futura and by Konica as Centuria. The problem is there are hundreds of millions of these still-analog cartridges fading away. Most people have no way to view those memories. One APS distinction was its ability to record information other than the image, including its barcode for easier identification.


1998 commercial for Kodak Advantix system. Jim Gaffigan shows off the various features of the Advantix system which was Kodak’s branding of APS. APS’ advantages included drop-in loading and multiple image shapes including panoramic, which was experiencing a jump in popularity at the time.

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Now, for just $7.95 you easily get 15, 25, or 40 exposure APS film cartridges professionally digitize from the experts in photo digitizing, ScanMyPhotos.com


APS Negative Scanning

Though APS was a type of film used only for a short time, the images captured on those negatives might be some of your family’s favorites. Preserve them with scanning!

Take advantage of this easy way with pay one price –regardless of exposure count (15, 25, or 40 exposure). When ordering, choose 2,000 dpi JPEG scans for just $7.95 per roll or 4,000 dpi for $12.95 per roll.

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