Many libraries, archives, museums and service/support organizations spend lots of time and effort in producing finding aids for a particular record depository, morgue, or genealogy research collection. The problem this presents occurs when only one copy is produced to place in a single public access research area. Professional researchers as well as family historians and genealogists of all types should consider producing research tools so that all repositories and individuals would benefit! Little explored options to enlarge accessibility include trading with other research collections for materials they produce. Don't withhold research tools from other researchers by "saving history"!
Once a research tool is complete for a library or archive collection, the hard part is over. In addition to being an significant resource for your repository, it can also be a valuable tool for fundraising. Produce these research tools in a durable format with quality, materials for years of use. As publishers, we know the world of publishing can be confusing for a beginner or group - let us help. From adding a bit of "polish" to your raw data to produce a quality camera ready manuscript to our helpful tips on marketing your inventory we are a full service printer/publisher. We can be of service with ideas to help in manuscript preparation/format, or let us perform that service for you. Our experience since 1970 can be put to work for you from cost-effective print on demand (order the exact number of books you have pre-paid orders for) or economical offset printing to heavy-duty American Library Association Certified Library Oversewn Hard Binding for books you've printed yourself. Another easy way to share your information is to produce a free Smashwords e-edition.
We offer both file preparation for Smashwords submittal and publishing in cooperation with Smashwords. Contact us if you wish us to publish your Smashwords edition.
Have a research tool already on the shelf that gets used constantly? Consider making these research tools available to everyone. Once you obtain Copyright permission to reproduce it, let us handle all the arrangements. In most cases we can produce an economical, viable, finding aid in quantity from the original that generally makes it's home on your shelf. Depending on the state of the original (such as transcription/typesetting) and it's binding (hard cover, post, or vertical file), additional services may be suggested to produce the best quality, most durable finding aid materials to share and sell to profit your group or collection. Also, it never hurts to have the capability to replace the one in your collection if wear warrants it.
Our standard quality paper is acid free.
Primary Research Tools Ideas and Suggestions
Transcriptions, extractions, or expanded indexes of original record books of all types (school, tax, estate, funeral, birth, death, marriage, etc.)
Transcriptions/Directory/Indexes/Maps of Cemeteries or other geographical locations
Transcriptions, extractions, or expanded indexes of original unpublished manuscripts
Genealogy Directory/Maps of a particular area/subject
Social History Correlations
"How To" Books
Secondary Research Tools Ideas and Suggestions
Collections or oral histories/interview projects
Collections of previously published genealogy/history columns (with permission)
Producing a book from Vertical File information
Family or surname collections
Compilations of out of print titles
Collected family histories
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