Why not digitise the Bureau of Military History Contemporary Documents Collection (BMH CD) collection?
The question in the title of this article can now, slowly but surely, be read in a more aspirational tone. Digitisation remains a costly and time-consuming process. The Bureau of Military History Contemporary Documents series in particular contains a huge amount of outsized, delicate and special media items that would require enormous care, financial resources and time to digitise in a satisfactory way.
As a sample of how rich the BMH CD series is, we have digitised the 1916 press cuttings. For the foreseeable future, the vast majority of collections will be available in paper form in the reading room only, but samples of digitised material will be added to this site, to further illustrate what it contains.
Military Archives, like similar archives services throughout the world, will continue to digitise collections of major interest or importance. This is to ensure that wear and tear on original records, through excessive handling in our reading room, is prevented, while also increasing access to these collections online.