Microfilming Costs

The Center for Archival Collections Preservation Laboratory extends its microfilming to the public, local government agencies, historical organizations, churches, and libraries. The following prices are in effect:

See below for descriptions and explanations of services.  A signed contact includes microfilming, microfilm processing, and one vesicular copy per roll created.  Additional and/or substitute copies and formats are available.  A $20.00 per hour preparation charge may be required based on the condition of the collection (many pages need to be numbered, alphabetized, flattened, repaired, completely reorganized, etc.).

Costs  

See below for descriptions and explanations of services. A signed contract includes microfilming, microfilm processing, and one vesicular copy per roll created.  Additional and/or substitute copies and formats are available.  A $20.00 per hour preparation charge may abe required based on the condition of the collection (many pages need to be numbered, alphabetized, flattened, repaired, completely reorganized, etc.).

Regular Charges

Microfilming 16mm $0.20 per exposure
35mm $0.35 per exposure
Microfilm Processing 16mm $15.00 per roll
35mm $20.00 per roll
Printmaster 16mm $75.00 per roll
35mm $75.00 per roll
Microfilm Duplication Vesicular 16mm n/a
35mm $70.00 per roll
Microfilm Duplication Silber Halide 16mm $75.00 per roll
35mm $75.00 per roll
Document scanning up to 8 1/2 x 14
with indexing and transfer to microfilm
16mm $0.35 per exposure

Bowling Green State University Offices & Departments

Microfilm 16mm $0.18 per exposure
35mm $0.30 per exposure
Microfilm Processing 16mm n/a
35mm n/a
Printmaster 16mm n/a
35mm n/a
Microfilm Duplication Vesicular 16mm n/a
35mm $45.00 per roll
Microfilm Duplication Silver Halide 16mm $50.00 per roll
35mm $50.00 per roll
Document scanning up to 8 1/2 x 14
with indexing and transfer to microfilm
16mm $0.35 per roll

Microfilm Digitization: 35mm

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Single page TIFF Files All Level 1 services, plus: All Level 1 services, plus: All Level 1 services, plus:
Basic file naming structure and organization Access PDF files or multi-page TIFF without OCR Access PDF file with OCR Enhanced file naming structure and organization*
$70 per roll $75 per roll $80 per roll $100 per roll
Cost to purchase rolls that already have been scanned: $25.00

Microfilm Digitization: 16mm

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Single Page TIFF Files All Level 1 services, plus: All Level 1 services, plus: All Level services, plus:
Basic file naming structure and organization Access PDF files or multi-page TIFF without OCR Access PDF file with OCR Enhanced file naming structure and organization*
$70 per roll $80 per roll $90 per roll $120 per roll
Cost to purchase rolls that have already been scanned: $25
Volume Pricing: Please call for orders of 50 rolls or more

All TIFF files can be created according to the recommended guidelines of the Newspaper Digitization Interest Group in conjunction with the requirements of the Digital National Newspaper Program.

*This level is designed for images destined for online presentation through a content management system such as Omeka or CONTENTdm, again according to the recommended guidelines of the Newspaper Digitization Interest Group in conjunction with the National Digital Newspaper Program. This can be accomplished in-house or through a third party vendor, such as the Ohio History Connection.

Microfilm Vault Storage

$25.00 minimum charge
$1.50 per roll for more than 16 rolls

Description of Services

Exposure, one image on microfilm which usually includes both the left and right pages of a book or newspaper or other bound material. Unless the material is very large it will be filmed with two pages for every one exposure for 35mm microfilming. 16mm microfilming and scanning is usually restricted to loose paper up to legal size (8.5 x 14) and in this case one page will equal one exposure. Generally speaking, 650 exposures can fit on one 35mm microfilm roll and 2600 exposures can fit on one 16mm microfilm roll.    

Vesicular, a polyester-based film, is more durable under average use conditions. Vesicular film is much less likely to scratch and break and is less sensitive to humidity. However, this film is not considered “archival” because it is not known how permanent the image will be over a period of centuries. It has shown excellent image stability under practical conditions for decades. 

Silver Halide, an ESTAR-based film, is considered by many to be the only film suitable for archival permanence. However, use copies are at greater risk if they are not handled carefully, since they are easily scratched and torn. This film is also more sensitive to damage from humidity. Silver halide duplicates can be either positive (white background with black print) or negative (black background with white print). Negative silver duplicates are called Printmasters because they replicate the original microfilm negative roll and are created when the original is badly damaged or deteriorated and the images on it are in danger of being lost. Both vesicular and silver positive duplicates can be made from printmasters. 

Duplication Restriction : No duplication of the microfilm (except paper copies) may be made without written permission from the Center for Archival Collections. In requesting permission to reproduce from the holdings of the Center for Archival Collections as described above, the requester agrees to hold harmless the Center for Archival collections, Bowling Green State University and its trustees, officers, and agents whether jointly or severally from any action involving infringement of the rights of any person and his/her heirs and descendants in common law or under statutory copyright.