Project Gado is digitizing and sharing the world’s visual history


Use our innovative technologies to digitize, share and monetize your collections at little to no upfront cost.


Scan your family’s history including prints, slides, and negatives and share it with loved ones and friends.

Forbes Magazine

“New startups don’t necessarily have to tackle pressing issues like biotech or next-gen manufacturing if they want to avoid McStartup status.  Entrepreneurs need only to learn from Project Gado and similar social enterprises by putting problem solving just a little bit ahead of market demands.”

Forbes MagazineThe Problem: A Startup’s Most Important Asset
The Wall Street Journal

“A Robot [Which] Rescues Black History”

The Wall Street JournalRobot Rescues Black History
Baltimore Sun

“A revolutionary step toward lowering the cost of digitizing large printed photo archives…”

Baltimore SunRobot brings black history into Internet age
Dan Rodricks

“I am amazed by this…”

Dan RodricksMidday With Dan Rodricks Audio

Why Gado?

Project Gado is a social enterprise organization; our primary mission is preserving history. Our staff and management come from historical and anthropological backgrounds, and we are active in archival organizations from the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference to the Society of California Archivists. Project Gado is based in San Francisco and has worldwide partners from Los Angeles, California to Helsinki, Finland.

Our work appears in numerous archival publications, including the Archive Journal and the 2014 book Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections. In addition, we are constantly researching our collections and publishing the stories behind our materials on Depth of Field.

Unlike other companies, we never take or sell your original artifacts, and you retain all copyrights to your materials. We have no outside investors, and 100% of our funding comes from partnerships and grants.

This unique model allows us to put preservation before profit and treat your historical materials with care and respect at all stages of our process.

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