How Scanners Preserve History

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Have you considered the power your simple office scanner has? Historians and educators know how impactful these machines are for preserving our past. Scanners facilitated a dramatic change from the days before digital documents and have paved the way for a democratization of historical documents.

Scanners Make History Easier to Access

Dr. Carl Abbott, a historian, recently wrote that he has seen a resurgence in interest in history, especially local and regional. This interest is partially fueled, he believes, by technology. The scanner and the internet have made it much easier to access historical documents, and websites are now devoted entirely to scanned history.

Abbot writes, "Give much of the credit to the folks who developed optical scanners...for this explosion of historical activity." Scanners, he says, offer a window into history that often becomes a hobby once someone discovers the vast stores of documents available online. The same work that used to be done in library archive rooms can now be done with the click of a mouse and in your living room.

Use Scanners for Your Business History

Many companies have vast stores of policy documents, old records, and financial statements that reside in filing cabinets or rooms. These documents are often helpful in everyday business but are nearly inaccessible in their paper format. A scanner can help you digitize and then access all of these records, making your company's history available for employees to use easily.

This is a significant advantage when your information is stored digitally and indexed for fast search. To learn more about scanning documents, contact C.A. Reding.