Scanning old architectural drawings can be a daunting task but must be done. The condition of these drawings are in question. They could be rolled up and stored in tubes for years and years. Edges are usually rough. Don’t forget tape and tape residue on the drawings. A carrier sheet might be needed if the drawings are very fragile. All this must be considered when organizing an archival scanning project. Most scanning projects are short term and a rental scanner month to month might be the solution.

At Digital Preservation Archiving, we have a wide selection of rental roll feed scanners to choose from. Given your requirements, will dictate what scanner is best. Digital Preservation Archiving has put together a scanner comparison chart. This chart is packed full of scanners comparing them by speeds, feeds, and pricing. Click DownLoad Form to receive the form.

Scanning drawings can usually be scanned with a roll fed scanner but the real fragile documents an alternative solution would be a book scanner or flatbed. We have them all. We are a consultative organization who sells scanners for digital preservation. We would be happy to help you find you’re scanning solutions. For more information, call (866) 338-4464 or email us at