Archives On Demand

Research internationally from the comfort of your home. Visit any archive with the push of a button.

1. Select your Collections

Work with your archive to identify the collections and documents you want to access through ArcLive

2. Schedule your Research

Contact the ArcLive team to schedule the days you wish to access the documents

3. Access through ArcLive

A research assistant broadcasts the collections directly to you in real time, under your command

Research from the Comfort of your Home

Access any archive internationally without the hastle of visas, flights and hotels at 50% the normal travel cost.

No More Jet Lag

Replace the 20-hour flight with something more productive. Be at your best and skip the jet lag during your research.

Worldwide Access

Access non-digitized documents from hundreds of archive collections around the world at 50% the cost of flying internationally.

Work at your Own Pace

Conduct your research part-time as you earn money from your job, or research in multiple archives in different timezones for 60-hour work weeks.

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The Future of Accessibility

A document scanner sits above a folder of non-digitized documents
The Next Generation of Open Access

Less than 10% of archival documents are available online, and it would cost millions to digitize and manage them permanently. ArcLive digitizes on demand with little to no waste.

Half the Cost of Traditional Research

ArcLive charges a predictable hourly rate, allowing you to manage your research budget and get the most for your money.

Historical Significance Comes First

Conduct research based on historical relevance and value rather than geographic location

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of answers to common questions.

ArcLive is a Remote Visitation Service for historians to access non-digitized documents from archives in real-time, replacing traditional travel at half the cost.  Our research assistants act as your surrogate and use desk-mounted scanners to livestream documents in real time from around the world.  This method eliminates traditional digitization and travel costs while staying within the legal requirements of copyright and fair use.

Remote Visitation is a tool which can be used to visit an archive through a surrogate research assistant.  This type of access falls under the same restrictions that would normally apply to physically visiting an archive. For example, remote visitations may only occur during business hours, an assistant must manage the documents at all times, and no permanent digital copies may be created for unlimited public access.

Livestreams will be hosted by fully-trained research assistants who have experience with rare and historical documents.  Special precautions are taken to ensure that documents aren’t damaged and remain safe within their hosting institution.

Our main scanner of choice is the Elmo MX-1, a high-resolution 4k document scanner commonly used in the classroom.  The camera will never directly touch the documents, and the built-in light will never be turned on.  

Yes, remote visitation is perfectly legal. 
ArcLive has been specifically designed to ensure that all copyright and fair use regulations in archives are followed, and qualifies as an accessibility tool so long as:

  1. Livesteams may only be conducted during normal archive visiting hours
  2. A trained research assistant must host and manage the livestream at all times
  3. The livesteam is fully encrypted and may only have 2 participants (host, and researcher)
  4. No screenshots or permanent digital copies of documents can be made without permission from the hosting institute

These restrictions prevent any of the abuses that may occur with permanent digitization and hosting of copyrighted documents, 
while still allowing hosting institutions to increase international accessibility to their collections.

It is a violation of our terms of service to produce copies, permanently digitize or publicly share any documents without approval.
ArcLive is designing its livestreaming software to include alpha compositing channels hidden in the background.  If a screenshot of permanent copy of a document is ever made, we can easily detect the exact time, date and source of that image to punish those responsible.
From there, legal action may be taken and the researcher responsible may be permanently banned from using the ArcLive service.

The ArcLive service will first be launching in Boston, MA and scale to other urban areas across the United States.
In the future, we plan to also spread to rural areas and internationally.

Yes!  Share your name and email address to receive more information about ArcLive as the service enters Alpha and Beta testing.

Thanks for your interest in becoming a partner!
To become one of the first institutions to offer a remote visitation service with ArcLive, share your information on the Contact Us page.

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Contact Us or Schedule a Demo to learn more about ArcLive remote visitation.