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Frequent Questions



What is digital archiving? 

Digital archiving is the process of transitioning media items such as photographs and documents into a digital repository eliminating the need for physical copies, providing long-term preservation, and enabling multiple access points.  

What are the advantages of digital archiving?

Because paper and photographs deteriorate over time, digital archiving stops this breakdown protecting their integrity and keeping them safe from fire, theft, and damage. With a digital repository, you can easily search and access your images from anywhere to share with family and friends. It also provides flexibility in creating a myriad of showcasing options such as memory books, printed calendars and cards, or slideshows for personal events.

How is digital archiving different from traditional archiving? 

Traditional archiving maintains paper collections, books, and rare documents in their original form in a library-type setting, such as the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Most universities, cities, and states maintain a repository of important historic items.

What are storage solutions? 

Properly storing documents, images, and memorabilia helps mitigate the decay of aged collections. Using archival products to house these items not only helps preserve them but also makes them easier to find by sorting into a catalog system. Creating organized spaces in temperate climates is essential to maintaining your memories.

Why should I choose Ambrosia Archiving? 

We have archiving experience from working with various historical societies and are personal curators for our families. Coming to your home offers a personalized collaboration with customized solutions to fit any size project. By aligning with you step by step, we take the stress and anxiety off you to organize, digitize, create storage plans, and provide sharing methods for images and documents.

We come to you - eliminating the need to travel to a retail location or mail to a service, ensuring a safe and secure transport of your irreplaceable momentos. Carefully, we will remove items for digitization as well as provide storage methods and organization services in your home.

How are you different from other services?

How long does it take to digitize photos and documents? 

Timelines depend on the size of collections, complexity, and outcomes desired. A smaller project could take a couple of weeks while a larger project could take a couple of months or more.

What services do you provide? 

How much does it cost to digitize? 

It varies on the amount to digitize. We are an all-inclusive service, which means we do not charge extra for removal of photos from albums, page scans, editing, cataloging, and delivery. Digitization of other media-slides, film, and video is available as an optional service. 

Do you do bulk-scanning? 

No, everything is hand-scanned with protective gloves. Bulk-scanning is only applicable with same size photos done en masse at a retailer.

What formats can you send digitized photos? 

Most photos are scanned at 300 dpi but for older black and whites, we offer 600 dpi at no extra charge. Final restored photos can be placed on USB drives, cloud providers, and external drives. 

Do you charge for these formats? 

USB drives are $15/each. Delivery of photos is free through cloud accounts for you to download to your laptop. External drives are available for purchase. 

Why should I have an in-home consultant? 

Most families amass generations of photos, albums, and memorabilia which they want to keep for themselves and pass on to their children and grandchildren. Over time, these collections can accumulate becoming overwhelming and stressful to manage in the long-term. With so many boxes, documents, and photographs, it can be difficult to hit the ‘start’ button. Let us do all that for you and more.

Are initial conversations complimentary? 

Yes, our initial discussion allows review of your project and creates a basis for pricing.

Do you charge for in-home consultations? 

Yes, there is a fee of $125 - We will come to your home and assess our collection, determine what you have and what you would like to do with it, and provide suggestions for digitization.

Can you divide a large project into phases and timeframes? 

Of course. We can tackle large projects or can do in phases go at any pace you prefer.

Do you offer creative services like photo books or calendars and cards? 

Yes, we offer design services at an hourly, and produce commemorative photo books, frames, and gifts with our partner Artifact Uprising. We're proud to offer 15% off their products with the code: AmbrosiaArchiving15.

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