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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by MLW » 06 Mar 2020 18:19

The microfilm room can get quite crowded depending on the time of year or day of the week. In recent weeks there have been lots of people researching German personnel files and US State Department records. Even if the microfilm room is not very crowded, there are often people queued up to use the two microfilm scanners. For this reason the NARA personnel use a sign-up sheet for researchers to reserve their block of time on the machines. Also, people who want to use the scanners to make paid scans have priority over those who just want to take photos of images on the computer monitor.

NARA has at least two copies of each roll in its collection- the master or record rolls and the reference rolls. The master rolls are kept downstairs away from the public. The reference rolls are what the public can access in the microfilm room. The reference rolls are copies made from the records rolls and are, in general, not as good quality.

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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by Mori » 07 Mar 2020 12:41

MLW wrote:
06 Mar 2020 18:19
NARA has at least two copies of each roll in its collection- the master or record rolls and the reference rolls. The master rolls are kept downstairs away from the public. The reference rolls are what the public can access in the microfilm room. The reference rolls are copies made from the records rolls and are, in general, not as good quality.
Good to know.

Can one ever access the 'master' of the record rolls?

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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by MLW » 07 Mar 2020 13:09

The master rolls are not accessible to the public.

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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by smetanin albert » 07 Mar 2020 16:44

MLW wrote:
06 Mar 2020 18:19
The microfilm room can get quite crowded depending on the time of year or day of the week. In recent weeks there have been lots of people researching German personnel files and US State Department records.
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They are looking for a connection between an election campaign in the United States and SS-Oberfuehrer Arnold Trumpf :D
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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by Natter » 18 Mar 2020 01:03

Is it still possible to order copies of the analog filmrolls? If so, that's probably the better solution if you need very high/better resolution than it's possible to achive by ordering digital copies or using the oncite scanning facilites (ie scanning the film yourself).

I have an analog NARA-roll laying on my desktop (thanks janef) that I was going to scan at very high resoulution as a test, but it's still on my to-do list...
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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by Mori » 18 Mar 2020 15:50

Natter wrote:
18 Mar 2020 01:03
Is it still possible to order copies of the analog filmrolls? If so, that's probably the better solution if you need very high/better resolution than it's possible to achive by ordering digital copies or using the oncite scanning facilites (ie scanning the film yourself).
It's not possible anymore. NARA stoped offering this service 3 years ago or so. I remember they had posters in the reading room announcing this decision.

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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by Mori » 18 Mar 2020 16:05

Natter wrote:
18 Mar 2020 01:03
I have an analog NARA-roll laying on my desktop (thanks janef) that I was going to scan at very high resoulution as a test, but it's still on my to-do list...
I also got many such rolls. Current solutions to scan them are:
- do it yourself. Price of a scanner range from $100 to $5000 (the later with quite a delivery time):
-- Cheap scanners give an alright resolution for text. They tend not to offer a large enough image to copy full microfilm frames, like the image is scropped on top and bottom. So it's satifactory in many cases but not when documents are a bit longer than usual or are bigger than A4.
-- Expensive scanners are naturally better. If you ever got a roll digitized by DHA, you see the quality is NARA-like.

- pay a specialized firm. I have found a supplier quoting €0.036/frame, which makes a 1 200 frames rolls cost €43.2. That's ca. 1/3 of NARA price and 1/2 of reseller price.
This specialised firm may cut his price further if they get a larger volume, "larger" meaning some 50 more rolls than the current deal. Their service is very good so far.

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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by onkel75 » 08 May 2020 20:39

Hallo, did someone know if NARA is still closed or do they scan documents and send rolls again?

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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by smetanin albert » 09 May 2020 07:36

43 euros is a very small price!!!
A re-copied roll costs $ 70.
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Re: Help to order from NARA

Post by Mori » 09 May 2020 08:27

smetanin albert wrote:
09 May 2020 07:36
43 euros is a very small price!!!
A re-copied roll costs $ 70.
That's what I meant: I found a supplier proposing an attractive price.

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