The archives of the FIE were destroyed during WWII. This has resulted in serious gaps in our understanding of how the sport of fencing developed prior to WWII. About a year ago, while researching Olympic fencing results, I found out that the NY Public Library had the issues of Fechter Zeitung from 1931 to 1938 on microfilm. This was the monthly magazine of the German fencing federation prior to WWII. While most of the articles are about fencing competitions in Germany, there are also articles about fencing in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics as well as the European and World Championships during those years. I even came across a fairly long article about a women's team from the United States that fenced a match in Germany against a German team. If these issues were available in digital form, they would be a valuable research tool for learning about fencing during this time period. The NY Public Library told me that I could pay to have them make a copy but the copy would be as a reel of 35mm microfilm, they don't supply digital copies. I contacted a friend in the German fencing federation and he told me that doesn't know of any digitalized version of these issues and is not even sure if they have a microfilm copy or even the original paper issues. So I paid the NY Public Library to make a copy and am now reaching out to the readers of this post to see if anyone can help me in three areas: 1) There seem to be a few companies on the web that will digitalize microfilm. Has anyone had experience with any of these firms and can recommend (or unrecommend) any of them? 2) The magazine used that horrible font known as Fraktur which is difficult even for present-day Germans to read. I've been told that there are firms which will also scan documents and convert them from one font to another. Can anyone provide information about this? 3) If the font conversion cannot be done or isn't done well, it would be helpful if an OCR process could be run against the original text so that searches can be done for words or names. Does anyone have knowledge as to whether there are OCR programs out there that can recognize Fraktur?