What Kind Of Microfilm Do I Have?
Unless you’re in the microfilm scanning industry or work as a records manager at your organization, we wouldn’t expect you to be too familiar with the nuances of microfilm. Because we hear the question “what kind of microfilm do I have?” a lot, we’ve put together this short primer that will help you understand more about your microfilm records, as well as allow you to identify exactly which type you have.
“Microfilm” is the popular term that has traditionally been the catch-all phrase used for all formats of this type of records media. Below are the distinct types of what is collectively referred to as “microfilm.”
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Microfilm comes in rolls that are either 100 feet or 215 feet long. In addition to the length, the thickness of the film can vary; if you have 100 foot film, it’s normally 0.004 inches in thickness and is referred to as “thick” film. 215 foot film is normally 0.0025 inches in thickness and is commonly referred to as “thin” film, since it’s thinner than the 100 foot “thick” film.
16mm roll film is most often used for office-sized 8.5×11″ / A4 documents such as meeting minutes and building permits, or for financial records like checks. It can be found in government offices of all kinds, or in organizations such as insurance companies or credit unions. 215 foot 16mm microfilm is most frequently used for document types that would have both the front and the backside captured at the same time (e.g. checks, insurance documents, and medical forms). 16mm film is normally about 5/8″ wide.
35mm microfilm is most often used for oversize documents such as deed books and newspapers.
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