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(Glass) negatives

Negatives are very vulnerable. And because they can quickly become damaged, the collection as a whole can rapidly deteriorate. The digitization of negatives makes sure that the historical material will be preserved.

The digitalization of archives


Before we start the digitization process, we inventory the collection. We discuss the wishes and requirements in detail. We involve our specialists in the process, all of whom provide their input based on their respective disciplines.

2Project plan

After making inventory, we draw up a project plan tailored to the project at hand. Each project is different and so is every project plan. This will be done in consultation with the client.


After the approval of both parties, we will start digitizing. GMS supervises the digitization by doing either a random check or a 1:1 check. GMS has developed an integrated checking procedure to prevent the occurrence of digitization errors.


The digitized files will be edited and incorporated in a report according to the wishes and requirements of the client. The source materials will be returned on the agreed-upon date together with the digitized files.

Negatives – and this includes glass plate negatives – are in most cases about a hundred years old. These negatives often contain pictures that have (great) historical value. The negatives obviously need to be handled with great care. Nevertheless, the negatives will eventually get dirty. Besides, the quality of the image will worsen as a result of incorrect handling of the negatives. Equipment for viewing (glass) negatives is gradually disappearing.


For of all these reasons it would be wise to digitize your negatives. GMS can scan and digitize your negatives professionally, thereby preserving their quality. GMS has developed special equipment for these negatives that preserves the quality of the original negative in digital form. Thanks to this advanced technology, GMS can make an optimal digital file from the negative.

Do you own negatives that you wish to digitize? Do not hesitate to get help from GMS.