W.E. Upjohn


The W. E. Upjohn Center provides high-resolution, large format imaging services. We are a unique facility providing an unparalleled level of quality.

Historical archives in the form of documents, maps and photographs have a limited shelf life—they're vulnerable to wear, fading and natural disasters. These documents are also a source of data for students and researchers, but are often unavailable because of their rarity and fragility.


  • Virtual archives of high-resolution, digital facsimiles ensure the integrity and future of your collection.
    • Digital Facsimiles are large files that show every detail, allowing you to:
      • Republish a document from the digital facsimile.
      • Rrove you possessed the document(s).
      • Securely store your originals and protect them from further wear.
  • Reader access capability.
    • Reader access files are smaller files that can:
      • Be more readable than the digital facsimiles.
      • Allow authorized users access to your documents.
    • Benefits:
      • Files can be made available in-house or over the Web.
      • Eliminates the threat of misfiling and theft.
      • Eliminates a break in the supply chain in time of natural disaster.
      • Eliminates wear and tear of retrieving and re-shelving paper documents.
      • Originals can be stored in secure, less expensive space, unaffected by fire, flood or water damage, tornado or hurricane, or other hazard.

  • Geographical repurposing
    • Digitized maps and aerial photographs can be re-deployed geographically for new uses:
      • Digital files can be geo-referenced and used seamlessly in geographic information systems (GIS).
      • Digital raster graphics and vectors allow rubber-sheeting and stretching to coordinate grids or layering with imagery.
      • GIS and geo-spatial technologies are rapidly growing fields being used by many governments, businesses and universities.

GIS research application

W. E Upjohn Center provides cost-based support for all research activities that require the use or application of GIS. This includes, but is not limited to, cost of ArcGIS software, and data visualization, analysis, and modeling. Faculty and staff members who need help with GIS in funded research should consult the director of the center at the proposal stage to discuss their specific needs and estimated cost.

The following hourly rates are effective September 1, 2015.


Rates are listed for UGCG personnel/facility first and then for user.

Computer Time: $30/hr.; $10/hr.
Data Visualization: $30/hr.; $10/hr.
Data Analysis: $30/hr.; $10/hr.
Modeling: $30/hr.; $10/hr.                               


Rates are listed by research/department lab first and then for individual seat.

ArcGIS Software: $1,000; $250

GIS training

The center, in collaboration with its affiliated departments (e.g., geography, civil cngineering), offers GIS application courses to programs and groups. These fee-based courses will be tailored  training courses in GIS applications to particular needs.

Digitization and imaging (research)

In addition to providing support in GIScience-based research, the W. E. Upjohn Center has another research agenda and that is the development of authoritative topographical maps. These maps refer to high definition maps produced through a combination of hyper-accurate imaging, nuanced post-processing and color-matching, exacting georeferencing, and assured curation. 

In 2013, these maps won the Best Digital Map Product—Gold Award—at the International Map Industry association Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  


Curation and conservation of historical documents is a critical component in ensuring their future safety. Since Hurricane Katrina's devastating hit on the south coast of the U.S. both government and the private sector have realized the importance of digital document preservation.

Whatever your concerns, we can work with you to develop a plan for how to best preserve and repurpose your collection. Whether you desire to make your collection available online or migrate your reference materials from paper to digital files our highly trained staff is available for consultation.

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W. E. Upjohn Center
1100 Welborn Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5388 USA
(269) 387-3364 | (269) 387-3582 Fax