Dear Colleagues,


Archives, libraries, and museums are increasingly building collections of digital surrogates to improve access to their cultural assets. Our good friends at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Digital Imaging Lab produced an excellent resource of digitizing guidelines in June 2004. This report addresses a spectrum of considerations for digitizing a variety of works on paper valuable to administrators and technicians alike. Topics include file formats, image capture, metadata, and quality assessment. Although not concerned with preservation reformatting, the guidelines provide a range of options for increasing electronic access to primary source materials.


Today DLF releases this report in print. Online ordering of this publication is available from, under its full title, Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files - Raster Images.




Barrie L. Howard

Program Associate

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