Microfilming and Reformatting


​For more than a generation the Clarke Library has operated a self-funded microfilm program that has focused on preserving historic Michigan newspapers on film.  To date we have filmed approximately 5.7 million pages of newspapers, preserving for posterity a vast amount of Michigan’s history.

Today we continue to microfilm newspapers because microfilm remains the only fully reliable media through which the long-term preservation of newspapers can be achieved. Recognizing, however, the importance of digital resources and the ease with which scans of newspapers and other paper-based documents can be used, the library has invested in the equipment needed to digitize both microfilm and paper-based images. We have also taken advantage of the electronic tools made available to us through the CMU Libraries to make these images available over the internet.
On the right are links connecting you with more information about our paper to digital, paper to microfilm, and microfilm to digital capacities.​​​