On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the company that digitized the original Constitution of the United States will be at the Millburn library from 2-4 pm, to gather your prized family photos, slides, videotapes, movies, papers, etc. for conversion to DVDs. The process takes place at IDI's NJ facility and does not damage the originals. When the conversions are complete, Digital Memory Media/IDI will bring the items TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM for pickup. The company will call you before pickup, with the expected day they will be at the museum and you can pay them for the conversion at that time. The conversion will be done in plenty of time for the holidays, should you want extra copies of the DVDs for family members or friends.
From IDI's website:
Many people do not realize that their family photographs and videotapes deteriorate. The chemical makeup and development process of photographs, damage to photos is expected over the years. Videotapes lose their magnetic signal over time as the binder that holds the magnetic particles to the polyester base decays. The friction between the VCR head and tape causes the quality and color to deteriorate, and the tape grows brittle and eventually breaks. As they become aware of this, it is no surprise that millions of people contact us to preserve their memories before they fade away.
IDI has worked with several journal projects since our founding in 2001. We recognize the particular, unique character of local history. Unlike other book or serial projects, a collection of an institution’s history may be the sole extant complete copy. For this reason, IDI treats these collections in exactly the same way it has handled rare book and manuscript collections from such institutions as the Library of Congress, The American Antiquarian Society, The NYHS, The British Library, Yale, Harvard, Columbia and GWU and others that have entrusted their collections for digitization to our care.
We know that these books, manuscripts, photos and periodicals are critical resources of information about genealogy, town history and, in some instances, a tool to promote development activities among its residents. Quality digitization is critical to these documents. To that end, we pay particular attention to the handling of these materials, ensuring as much as possible that they are returned in the same condition in which they arrived.
For more information about this event, see the attached flyer here (the price list can be seen on the historical society's Facebook page), or call the museum at 973-564-9519.