- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The bulk of archival material from The Detroit News is going to the state Archives of Michigan, where it will be accessible for public use and available for online review.

The plans come as the paper prepares to move into a new home in downtown Detroit on Friday. The archive materials, including 2 million typed cards that were used to index stories from the early 1900s to 2000, will be digitized, the newspaper said (https://bit.ly/1opqdri ).

“Without the index cards, it’s nearly impossible to compile the body of any reporter’s work or find the bulk of the old clips on various topics before the digital library system went online around 2000,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Ashenfelter.

“All you need are the coordinates of any story on the index cards to quickly find it on microfilm.”

State archivist Mark Harvey said access to The News’ index file, both at the Archives in Lansing and on its website, will be one of the greatest benefits to the public.

“Within two to three months it will be up and available online,” Harvey said. “That’s the highlight of this, and so is the partnership with The News for the photo negative archives. We estimated conservatively that there are some 10 to 14 million images.”

The negatives that the state archives is digitizing are from photos taken by News photographers, most from the 1980s-2002.

The newspaper’s clip file also is going to the state archives and will be available for research in Lansing. The clip file, kept in filing cabinets weighing 250 pounds each, was vital for reporters in the pre-Internet era, to look up stories on specific topics.

A health care company is moving into the current home of The News and the Detroit Free Press. The newspaper building was recently acquired by Bedrock Real Estate Services. It was solely the home of The News until the late 1990s, when Free Press staff also moved in.

The News and Free Press are moving a few blocks east.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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