Our State

Our History

Our Responsibility

Collaborating with SHSI, libraries, schools, and newspaper publishers, we believe we can engage other like-minded Iowans to join us in our mission of preserving history as recorded in the pages of Iowa’s newspapers.

Advantage Preservation works with nearly 1100 libraries in 27 states and 430 cities, representing around 50M newspaper pages. We have over 500 online library collections with nearly 50 million digital images hosted for libraries from cost to coast. We are proud of our relationships that span from one coast to the other, and of our national reputation…but we are especially proud of our reputation closer to home.

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In 1857 the State Historical Society of Iowa was founded with a mission of preserving Iowa’s history and to make this history available and accessible for future generations. Advantage Preservation is a proud to be a partner in the State Historical Society of Iowa’s mission, and together we hope to engage other like minded Iowans in helping us preserve Iowa’s past, and ensure its future…

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Our mission is to collaborate with Iowa publishers, libraries, educators, & community leaders to actively preserve & provide easy access to the history contained within Iowa’s newspapers. As Iowans, we believe that the preservation of our collective history is a shared responsibility.  Join us in our efforts to make sure that Iowa’s “first draft of history” is available for current and future generations.

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Advantage Archives is an Iowa company. The owners and employees are all Iowans. We live, work, and play right here in Iowa.  We have a long-standing relationship with the State Historical Society of Iowa, and other state agencies… and a deep-rooted affinity for our history. With the introduction of the IAhistory initiative, the team at Advantage Archives has the privilege of taking an even more active role in preserving and providing access to the “first draft of Iowa’s history”. The message and the mission is clear:

“Ensure the preservation and accessibility of the history contained within Iowa’s newspapers”

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August 4, 2017

New Partnership Works to Digitize Local News for Future Generations

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with The Gazette and Advantage Companies to digitize past issues of The Gazette from 1857 through the present day. “In the past we...
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February 20, 2017

Advantage: Where we’ve been. Where we are. Where we’re going.

My Father, Dr. Eganhouse and I founded the Advantage Companies in 2003 to service the records management needs of the Cedar Rapids & Iowa City communities. To compliment our records...
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February 18, 2017

The State Historical Society of Iowa & The Advantage Companies: Preserving the “first draft of Iowa’s history”

On February 15th, 2017 the Iowa Department Of Cultural Affairs announced a plan to preserve more than 12 million pages of historical Iowa newspapers. We at the Advantage Companies are...
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February 15, 2017

12 Million Pages of Newspapers to be Preserved: State Historical Society of Iowa and the Advantage Companies to microfilm and digitize state’s collection of newspapers

DES MOINES – The process to save the first draft of Iowa history just got a lot smoother. The State Historical Society of Iowa today unveiled a sweeping new plan...
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February 14, 2017

Dubuque City Directories Available Online

Advantage Preservation is a division of the Advantage Companies and as a Cedar Rapids based business we take an active interest in historical preservation projects in the state of Iowa....
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February 14, 2017

Friends of the Eddyville Public Library Launch Newspaper Archive

The historic newspaper archives of the Eddyville Advertiser, Eddyville Free Press, Eddyville Star, Eddyville Signal, and the Eddyville Tribune are now available online. This article from the Oskaloosa Herald: offers...
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February 14, 2017

Eddyville Newspaper Archives: Opening the Digital Window to the Past

In a recent article published in the Ottumwa Courier: The story of how the Friends of the Eddyville Public Library have made it possible to now search old Eddyville newspapers...
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February 14, 2017

Catholic Messenger Achieves Go Digital

Barb Arland-Fye wrote an article for The Catholic Messenger highlighting a project to provide “Free and easy access available to Catholic history”. Barb’s article can be found here: Of note:...