Definitely, someone just asked me to look up an l882 passenger
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listing that they had received >from NARA which was unreadable.
I found it at the NYPL in New York on Fifth Avenue and the copy
I made was very readable.
Myra Davis asks if it is possible to obtain a better quality copy of a
passenger list that she was able to get >from NARA. I have no personal
experience with this, but I have been assured that LDS FHL personnel in
Salt Lake City can work wonders when making copies >from unreadable films.
Often, it is said, a document that is completely unreadable on microfilm
prejection will produce copies of usable quality. Unlike NARA personnel,
the FHL workers' primary job is to help genealogists, and this may have
something to do with the difference. In any case, assuming the FHL owns
the passenger list film in question, it's worth trying to order a copy
from them.Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA