Historical documents, records, and archives contain a wealth of valuable information for historians, officials, and interested citizens. The content of these documents is not limited to the laws or codes that might come readily to mind. Government archives can explore the depth of regional and national history through documents like maps, blueprints, birth and death records, and legal contracts.
Physical documents can only be handled by a small number of individuals at a time, and overhandling documents causes wear that can damage the original. Digital documents can be used by multiple people at once and searched for specific content to save valuable time. Digital files can also be accessed remotely, removing physical distance as a limitation for access.