RAIVAAJA Preservation 04/18

Digital Preservation Update April 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters of RAIVAAJA:

The digital preservation project continues to move forward and now several exciting and important portions are completed and others planned:

  • February ’18 Another three years of RAIVAAJA newspapers are  digitized including the 50th Anniversary editions. We will preserve the remainder of the 1950’s this month.  Your donations and total for the 2017-2018 appeal are noted on a separate page.  http://www.raivaaja.org/Blog/?page_id=480  Each dollar given to the Foundation preserves about three newspaper pages!  Paljon kiitoksia!
  • October ’17- The Foundation digitized another three years (1957-1959) of RAIVAAJA newspapers bringing the total to over 4500 RAIVAAJA newspapers  which is an additional 3600 pages of RAIVAAJA During the 50’s, RAIVAAJA was published on 5 days each week.
  • August- The Foundation digitized another decade (1960-1970) of RAIVAAJA newspapers bringing the total to over 3600 RAIVAAJA newspapers  which is an additional 8905 pages of RAIVAAJA . We find that a few pages are missing or damaged and are searching for replacements.
  • MAY- All newspapers from Dec 1970 to the last issue in April 2009 have been preserved on microfilm, in computer search-able portable document format (pdf), and, in digital jpeg. format. There are 22080 individual pages now on multiple RAIVAAJA hard drives and we will archive all 1.4 Terabyte of the files to a cloud server in addition to maintaining copies locally .  Our intent is to make these files available to all. For the time being, many complete newspapers are available for viewing through our website: http://www.raivaaja.org/DigitalPreservationPage.html
  • All files will be available in the future for on line viewing when web hosting details are worked out. (Individual newspaper files are available though the Foundation for a small donation to cover our costs. Please note that a CD will hold up to 15 issues and a DVD around a year of complete newspapers.)
  • Finlandia Foundation National awarded Raivaaja Foundation $3000 in April to begin the digital preservation process. The award covered about 75% of digital conversion of the 1970-2009 microfilms. We added $1000 of your donor gifts to completely digitize the 1970-2009 films.
  • To keep the project going, we do need a continuing source of funds. Each donation, grant, and award gets us a fraction of the way to completing digital preservation of over 100 years of RAIVAAJA archives which will make the photos, the newspapers, and the books available to anyone with access to an Internet connection. Your support in any amount will help keep this project going and a donation form is attached for your use.  Each dollar to the Foundation preserves about three newspaper pages!

We are very pleased that over 100 donors gave $5750 to the Raivaaja Foundation in the 2016-2017 appeal for preservation of and access to this important Finnish American historical record. Your encouraging notes are gratifying. (Supporters are recognized on the donation pages at our website (blog):  http://www.raivaaja.org/Blog/?page_id=334

Paljon kiitoksia!

For the Board

Bob Hanninen, Treasurer 01/15/18



Since 1905

Donation Form


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the nonprofit publisher of the Finnish American RAIVAAJA


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RAIVAAJA FOUNDATION is a fully qualified 501(c)3 non profit incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. RAIVAAJA has no paid staff and depends entirely on your generosity to preserve over 110 years of Raivaaja photos, books, and newspapers. Fed. Tax ID 20-2651367


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