The Pre Digital Media Archive

Displaying printed media content unavailable elsewhere

The digital age we live in has brought us many wondrous benefits.

As well as accessing content newly-created for digital consumption, people throughout the world can instantly see and read content online that is printed in "hard-copy" mode in contemporary newspapers, magazines and books.

Moreover, many long-standing content publishers have opened up their vaults and they have made text versions and scans of content - that was originally published in print form prior to the digital age - available in online format.

There is of course a vast universe of content that was created in the centuries of the pre-digital print era. And obviously there are neither the resources nor the demand to digitize and make everything that was published before the digital era available online.

So content owners naturally have to prioritize. And they scan material that they think will have the broadest appeal. And - since researching, scanning, uploading and hosting content costs money - they often charge to access the vintage material.

These natural constraints mean that there is a huge amount of historic content in old newspapers, periodicals and books that people might wish to view for purposes of research, education, elucidation or enjoyment that is simply not available online.

While out-of-print books can be purchased, it is extremely difficult to view bygone print periodicals except in the very few newspaper libraries and museums that still exist.

The Pre Digital Media Archive has been created as a non-profit resource to host scans of interesting content from the past - previously published in analog format - that is not available online.

The Archive also hosts - on a strictly non-profit basis - contemporary or recent content that for various reasons is not easily accessible on-line. For example: material that is online in some nations but is geo-restricted and cannot be seen in all countries; material that may be available only in the print edition of a periodical but not on its sister website; material of wide general public interest that has restricted on-line access because of an aggressive pay-wall

There is no commercial objective to this archive. It does not exist to make money. Its sole purpose is to be of service to the public, to students, to researchers and to the media.

Content seen in this archive is displayed in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine of the USA. (See extract below.) No infringement of copyright is intended. If the copyright holder of any content in this archive objects to its inclusion - please notify us by email - presenting your credentials of ownership and citing the URL of the challenged content.

17 U.S.C. § 107

Notwithstanding the provisions of 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.