Originally Posted by snberk103
Consider that photos from 100+ years ago are still easily viewable today. Can you say the same thing about digital images taken 30 years ago? Some, perhaps. If the media is survived. If the media is even readable (think 8.5" floppies). If today's SW can read the file formats (think of WordStar).
It's not enough to just print, you have to use archival media. Colour photos from the '70s and '80s were not archival, and have not fared well either.
The archival qualities of color and b&w materials are very different. If you want 100+ years of storage, color photo printing is pretty much right out. Unless you're going to do Cibachrome for everything, which is unlikely given the cost and difficulty of finding anyone who can do it these days. Kodachrome, sadly, no longer an option. Kodachrome transparencies from the 1940s still have good color. Your best bet would be to output your color onto color-separated b&w negative material, process and store archivally, then, if you find that your digital copies are unretrievable for some reason, you pull out your backups and rescan.
Your great-great-grandchildren will thank you.