Date Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

Photo of FODA members and State Archivist in 2023

At their 25th annual meeting on May 9, 2023, the Friends of the Delaware Public Archives (FODA) presented Stephen Marz, State Archivist and Director of the Public Archives a financial gift of $2,000 to assist in the digitization costs of several thousand historic acetate and nitrate film negatives.

FODA logo

“Digitizing these fragile negatives not only ensures that there is no further deterioration of these images, but it also transfers them into a digital format that is stable and maintainable, and will be made available to everyone via our agency’s website,” Marz said. “The majority of these images date back to the early 1900s and have not been previously available to researchers or the public. We simply cannot thank our Friends of the Delaware Public Archives enough for their steadfast commitment to ensuring that Delaware’s history is not only preserved for the future but made available to everyone.”

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