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ROWING ARCHIVES provides numerous services for individuals or institutions who have unarchived historical materials related to the sport of rowing. We also produce professional quality videos for reunions, anniversaries, fundraisers, and general historical purposes (see below for details). We license video and photographic materials for both educational and commercial usage to select organizations. Above all, we make as much of our materials available to the public online for free as possible.

We accept materials from private individuals and institutions and provide a free assessment of their historical value. We then advise the owners about what the best use of the materials are and recommend preservation, storage and options regarding donation of materials to institutions. We then select items with significant historical value, catalog them, restore them if necessary, and duplicate or digitize them to museum standards. The materials are then returned to the owner or forwarded to an institution of their choice for permanent preservation and safekeeping. Here’s a simple breakdown:

1. Individual or organization submits items for assessment.

2. We inspect the materials and determine which we can curate, restore, and reproduce digitally. Depending on quantity and backlog, this can take several weeks to several months.

3. We restore the materials, catalog them with descriptions, assign identification numbers, and digitize them. Documents, photographs, negatives and slides we do in-house on professional grade equipment. Film and videotape is sent out to the lab or production house best suited to process that material. We then edit the video files with appropriate titles and descriptive information. This can also take several weeks to several months.

4. Publication. The materials are made available to view on the Rowing Archives website and other sites. High-quality copies are provided to interested institutions, and they can immediately be put into library and museum online collections because they are cataloged and digitized to their standards. Unless the owner specifies otherwise, everything we process will be made readily available for educational, research and other non-commercial purposes.

USAGE. We do not own these materials, even though we manage licensing rights to many of the materials for the owners. Please contact us if you would like to license any materials you see here or are interested in historic rowing materials that we can seek out for you. All materials are available for research and educational purposes free of charge unless hard copies are required. A fee schedule for commercial use is available on request.

COSTS. We do not charge for our normal services for materials that have historical value and which the owner agrees to share with the public (for non-commercial use only). These efforts are funded by individuals and institutions who recognize the value of our work and we are profoundly grateful for your donations that enable us to save the vast amount of materials we collect before they deteriorate or are lost. We do, however, need donations to restore, scan or digitize materials, because the work is expensive and time-consuming. Submissions that are accompanied by a donation are prioritized.

OTHER SERVICES. We are happy to restore and digitize private collections and materials for commercial projects. We can also produce videos for reunions, events, dedications, memorials and other purposes. We can produce videos and presentation of the highest professional quality or to suit more modest budgets. Please contact us for a rate card or quote for these services.