W.E. Upjohn



The W. E. Upjohn Center provides high-resolution, large format imaging services. We are a unique facility providing an unparalleled level of quality.

Historical archives in the form of documents, maps and photographs have a limited "shelf life" -- they're vulnerable to wear, fading and natural disasters. These documents are also a source of data for students and researchers, but are often unavailable because of their rarity and fragility.

We can provide you a 3-Component Advantage: Virtual Archive, Reader Access Files and Geographical Repurposing

  • Virtual Archives of high-resolution, digital facsimiles ensure the integrity and future of your collection.
    • Digital Facsimiles are large files that show every detail, allowing you to:
      • republish a document from the digital facsimile;
      • prove you possessed the document(s);
      • securely store your originals and protect them from further wear.
  • Reader Access Capability.
    • Reader Access Files are smaller files that can:
      • be more readable than the digital facsimiles;
      • allow authorized users access to your documents.
    • Benefits:
      • files can be made available in-house or over the Web;
      • eliminates the threat of misfiling and theft;
      • eliminates a break in the supply chain in time of natural disaster;
      • eliminates “wear and tear” of retrieving and re-shelving paper documents;
      • originals can be stored in secure, less expensive space, unaffected by fire, flood/water damage, tornado/hurricane, or other hazard.

  • Geographical Repurposing
    • Digitized maps and aerial photographs can be re-deployed geographically for new uses:
      • digital files can be “geo-referenced” and used seamlessly in geographic information systems (GIS);
      • digital raster graphics and vectors allow rubber-sheeting and stretching to coordinate grids or layering with imagery;
      • GIS and geo-spatial technologies are rapidly growing fields being used by many governments, businesses, and universities.

Curation and conservation of historical documents is a critical component in ensuring their future safety. Since Hurricane Katrina's devastating hit on the south coast of the U.S. both government and the private sector have realized the importance of digital document preservation.

Whatever your concerns, we can work with you to develop a plan for how to best preserve and repurpose your collection. Whether you desire to make your collection available online or migrate your reference materials from paper to digital files our highly trained staff is available for consultation.


Download View our large-format technical specification PDF here.





W. E. Upjohn Center
1100 Welborn Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5388 USA
(269) 387-3364 | (269) 387-3582 Fax