Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saving Cologne's Historical Archive
As I mentioned a few weeks ago (here and here), the historical archive in Cologne, Germany recently collapsed unexpectedly, burying countless literary treasures in a pile of rubble. In a recent article, DW-World reports on the ongoing restoration efforts. Over 60 firemen and volunteers have spent the weeks since the collapse uncovering documents. Cologne's deputy fire chief estimates the workers "have already recovered more than half of the historical materials." After recovery, "the mindboggling task of preserving and organizing the recovered materials" begins.