While digital media are now the preferred way to store documents in a compact and organized fashion, there are years of pre-digital archives stored on microfiche. This super-sensitive medium can store hundreds of pages of documents on a single sheet of film, which is then read through a magnifying microfiche reader. When you need to search through old records at a library or archive, you're going to have to know how to use a microfiche reader.The Minolta film and camera company was one of the first to use microfiche to accurately store and retrieve large amounts of data on film. While very few new documents are stored on Minolta microfiche today, it has long been an industry standard. Online and digital archives for most newspapers and magazines rarely reach back earlier than the 1990s, while microfiche records often reach back to the 1890s or earlier.Microfiche is essentially a photograph of a page, which is then shrunk down to a bare fraction of its original size. The loyalty of the film stock and the precision of the microfiche reader enable these pages to be retrieved and read accurately even decades later. If you're looking for records made outside of the last 15 years, you will most likely need a Minolta microfiche reader.Most microfiche readers come with printers, so that you can do more than just read the data on microfiche. A simple photocopying mechanism allows you to print off pages from microfiche films. Until these archives go digital (which many never will), microfiche will never become obsolete.