For Archivists

Project Gado: A Sustainable Model for Digitizing Archival Photos

Project Gado is seeking archives that wish to digitize their photo collections.  Project Gado can often provide digitization for little to no upfront cost.  Please fill out the form to the right or email if you are interested in learning more about using Gado in your archive.

Afro American Newspapers Case Study:

Background: The Afro American Newspapers, founded in 1892, is the oldest African American Newspaper in the country.  They have over 1.5 million photos in their collection, but only one archivist.  Before Project Gado, the Afro’s archivist had digitized 5,000 or 0.5% of the collection.

Problem: Archives lack the resources to digitize their photo collections.  Further, archival digitization has its challenges.  Historic photos are fragile and too delicate to go through an auto feed scanner, and manual digitization takes valuable time away from the archivist who would rather be doing more skilled work like archival research and preservation.

Outcome: By July 2013, the autonomous robotic scanner known as the Gado 2 will have digitized 120,000 photos with no upfront cost to the Afro.  Through a partnership with Getty Images, Project Gado is helping the Afro generate licensing revenue from their historic collection.

Useful links for archival digitization:

Society of American Archivists:

For more information and to get your archive involved please contact

As archivist for theafro-American newspapers, John Gartrell oversees 150,000 file folders and 3 to 5 million photographs.

Photo by Baltimore City Paper

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