The benefits of a database:
1. Complete access to the photographic archive enabling a general scholarly study of the materials as well as aiding the families of people portrayed in the identification of their relatives.
2. Making positive digital images of the negatives, thus avoiding the labor and expense of making monochromatic silver gelatin prints of each.
3. To avoid unnecessary handling of original negatives and prints.
4. Security provided by the duplication of material in case of situations that might adversely affect the photographic archive.