Stepping Stones invites your support of the Archives Preservation Project.
Thanks to many generous supporters, funds have been raised to create a searchable online archive as the third phase of the Archives Preservation Project. Once launched, this resource will have ongoing annual costs for hosting and maintenance. Gifts of any amount are welcomed in support of the annual costs of maintaining and adding to the archives. The online archive will take 1-2 years to build out with the help of vendors, staff, and volunteers. The massive collection of digital materials will be in a state-of-the-art, searchable and accessible web portal through which 10,000 items can be accessed for free anywhere with a computer and internet connection.
Background: Along with the 8.17 acres, six structures, and 10,000 objects left by Bill and Lois Wilson, the Stepping Stones Foundation also cares for 100,000 archival manuscripts, including 7,500 photographs. Launched in 2010, Archives Preservation Project phases I and II, safeguarded rare and one-of-a-kind manuscripts by making multiple microfilm and digital preservation copies of the material
During Phase I of the project 227,000 documents and 7,800 photographs were copied to microfilm. In phase II, the items were copied those onto digital file formats. As batches of reels were digitized, image files become available to researchers in the Stepping Stones Archives Center. All of the digitization was completed ahead of schedule in Nov. 2017. The collections include the William Griffith Wilson, Lois Burnham Wilson, Al-Anon, Photography, and the A.A. Collection. Each microfilm reel had about 1000 images and cost $626 each to digitize.
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