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Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection


Penn State University: Collection of 25 Newspapers (1847-1988)

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Olive ActivePaper Archive (APA) is a comprehensive SaaS digital archiving solution that converts, preserves, and protects historical microfilm, print, and electronic content as intelligent, archived XML. Based on our powerful HTML 5 platform, subscribers can access and view back issues using their favorite browser or with their favorite tablet or mobile devices via optimized experience of the optional Olive Mobile Viewer. The APA user interface includes intuitive navigation, enhanced graphics, and a professional grade search engine. APA unlocks historical content’s revenue potential through paid subscriptions and advertising revenue.


APA makes centuries-old content come alive, accessible by all popular web-browsers and mobile devices. The user’s experience is heightened by an intuitive interface coupled with engaging graphic presentations of stored content and relevance-based search results. Researchers appreciate the power of the APA “professional grade” search engine’s Boolean, contextual, wildcard, and phonetic search capabilities. At the same time, casual users will find searching as easy as using their favorite browser. Rapid display, highly relevant search results, and the intuitive navigational aspects of the user interface have made APA the newspaper archive solution of choice leading newspapers, libraries, and universities for over a decade. APA enables archived content to be shared among friends and family via popular social media services or saved, printed, and emailed.



APA is one of the most trusted digital archiving solutions available today. Using patented and proprietary technology and processes, the APA production platform has created hundreds of archives around the world for major newspapers, universities, and libraries—consisting of millions of pages and spanning hundreds of years. Archives comprised of paper, microfilm, and PDF source content is processed into future-proofed XML, allowing superior repurposing, access, and preservation of valued content for future generations.


APA is stored in the future-proof XML format, which enables archived content to be repurposed and integrated with other Olive applications or reformatted and exported to third party content distributors and aggregators. Optional authentication system interfaces and e-commerce capabilities are available.


  • No special software needed
  • Full text searching with highly relevant results
  • Granular search
  • Social media sharing
  • Search, print, email articles
  • Browser-based access



Create new revenue streams by selling daily, monthly, or annual subscriptions to individual, businesses, or educational institutions. Publishers can further repurpose and monetize their APA content through local and corporate sponsorships. Young readers (and future subscribers) can be engaged through interesting NIE programs sponsored by local businesses. Importantly, APA enables publishers to control their brand, content, pricing, and marketing—as compared to revenue-sharing models, where control is often forfeited.


Converting historical content and storing it in the APA digital repository permits content owners to eliminate expensive, climate-controlled storage areas and third party expenses. Once in XML format, content can be readily repurposed into new digital products without the need for multiple conversions of original content. APA “future-proofing” protects valuable content, while making it immune to dynamically changing distribution and viewing technologies. Internally, APA makes librarians, writers, journalists, and editors more effective by providing instant access to information via fast searches.


From the moment paper and microfilmed material are created, they start to degrade. Paper becomes stained, torn, mildewed, and worn. Microfilms become scratched and decompose. Careless microfilming induces skewing, out of focus images, and noise (speckles). Historical content never improves over time! Preserve rather than conserve. Let Olive’s proven archive creation processes protect your valuable assets before it is too late.

We chose Olive as they had the functionality we needed, a great reputation, and have been chosen by our colleagues at other leading international newspapers.
Dean Leith, Information Services Manager, Fairfax Media
Preservation was a key driver for our Olive project, as was ease of access. We’ve been a 24/7 library for over a decade, but digitizing our student newspaper archive has allowed us to provide access anytime, anywhere, to a larger number of users than the print or microfilm could.
Robin Wagner, Library Director, Gettysburg College